Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It


Wednesday, May 15 2013
Just as he was finding his voice, and as The Beat Generation was swelling up around him, Allen Ginsberg began to take photographs of his friends — portraits that attempted to contain the integrity of each subject as well as an intimate moment between them. He did this for nearly a decade, and when he asked Bill Morgan to archive his work in the 1980s, many of the photos emerged. So Ginsberg brought out the camera again to take portraits of the remaining Beats and some of his other friends (including Bob Dylan and Francesco Clemente). He then hand-wrote inscriptions on many of them. To present “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” this special exhibition of more than 80 photos, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has curated an entire series of programs, ranging from talks with Bill Morgan to readings with local luminaries across multiple generations. This opening celebration includes a talk from National Gallery of Art’s Curator of Photography Sarah Greenough about the making of the exhibition, followed by an original musical arrangement of Ginsberg’s poem “America” by Conspiracy of Beards’ musical director Daryl Henline. There will also be a pop-up poetry salon and drop-in zine-making with the always rad Rad Dad creators, a typewriter petting zoo (!), and a cash bar.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 23. Continues through Sept. 8, 2013

About The Author

Evan Karp

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"