"Imagination is not frozen in the past, in a painting completed or a poem published. Today, now, you are reading the poem; you are taking in the work of art. When you see a painting or a print, or when you read a poem, you bring your experiences, your prejudices, your likes, and dislikes with you. What you see and understand is a product of your own imagination. In addition, the New York School, both in painting and poetry, was defined less by specific styles and more by the relationships of its participants. The exhibit documents the interaction of these young artists through their letters and photographs. Your imagination can use these letters and photographs as a window into their lives. What was it like to be alive in the creative mix that was the painters and poets of the New York School? Imagine!"