Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Spontaneous, uninhibited snapshots capture poet’s contemporaries;
celebrate “the sacredness of the moment” through image and text.

The first major New York exhibition of Ginsberg’s photographs, which includes portraits of literary luminaries such as William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, and Jack Kerouac, are on view from January 15 through April 6, 2013. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and curated by senior curator of photographs Sarah Greenough, the exhibition features over 80 black-and-white works—many accompanied by Ginsberg’s intimate, handwritten captions—that convey the spontaneity, freedom, and exuberant lifestyle of the Beat Generation. The presentation at the Grey Art Gallery will be supplemented by original manuscripts, typewritten poems, correspondence, drawings, and sketches produced by Ginsberg and the individuals he photographed.

What: Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Where: NYU’s Grey Art Gallery
When: January 15–April 6, 2013