The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

January 15 - April 6, 2013

Unless otherwise noted, events are free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings. Information:,, or 212/998-6780.

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Gallery Talks
Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East

Wednesday, February 20, 12:30 pm
With Pato Hebert, Visiting Associate Arts Professor, Department of Art & Public Policy (TSOA), NYU

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 pm
With Pato Hebert, Visiting Associate Arts Professor, Department of Art & Public Policy (TSOA), NYU

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 pm
With Rebecca Lowery, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and Graduate Curatorial Assistant, Grey Art Gallery

Ginsberg Across Media:
Photography, Tape Recording, and Film

Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm
Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor

Though Beat poetry famously emphasized the spontaneity and immediacy of the spoken word, in fact Allen Ginsberg was closely involved with the reproductive technologies of film, tape recording, and photography. Speakers Daniel Kane, Reader in English and American Literature, University of Sussex, and Reva Wolf, Professor of Art History, SUNY New Paltz, with moderator Lytle Shaw, Associate Professor of English, NYU, will address the implications of Ginsberg’s work across media.  

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of English, Fales Library, and Grey Art Gallery.

Harpsichords, Hipsters, and Other Ecstatic Topics:
A Dialogue About Ginsberg

Monday, February 4, 6:30 pm Silver Center, Room 300
(enter at 32 Waverly Place)

Featuring Ulrich Baer and Shelley Rice,this ”gabfest” will be a free-ranging discussion about poetry, photography, music, spirituality, and friendship between NYU professors whose wide-ranging interests include visual media, literature, psychic phenomena, scholarship, and Kung Fu.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Departments of Art History, Creative Writing, English, Photography & Imaging (TSOA), and Social & Cultural Analysis; Humanities Initiative; Fine Arts Society (a student organization); and Grey Art Gallery.

Creative Writing Gallery Prize Readings
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 pm
Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East

The undergraduate Creative Writing Gallery Prize winner and finalists will read their poems and prose in response to the exhibition. Introduced by Chuck Wachtel, contest judge and Clinical Professor, Creative Writing Program.

Organized by NYU’s Creative Writing Program and Grey Art Gallery. Suggested gallery admission: $3.00, free with NYU ID.

From Hopalong Cassidy to Allen Ginsberg and Beyond
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 pm
Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor

A pivotal voice of punk, Richard Hell will introduce his new autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, which traces his journey from the Kentucky hills to New York City—where he came to be a poet (and encountered Ginsberg), and went on to co-found the seminal bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and the Voidoids. The book recounts Hell's misadventures among such demi-monde denizens as Tom Verlaine, Patti Smith, the Ramones, and Debbie Harry, while also tracing his search for redemption through music, poetry, and art.

Co-organized by NYU’s Fales Library and Grey Art Gallery.

Walking Tour: Ginsberg in the East Village
Saturday, April 6, 11:00 and 2:00 pm

Bill Morgan, Ginsberg’s archivist and bibliographer, and author of The Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac’s City (City Lights Books, 1997) as well as other books on the Beats, will lead a walking tour of Ginsberg’s homes and haunts in the East Village.

Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery.


Beat Cinema

At Film Forum, in series New Yawk New Wave
209 West Houston Street
Ticket information:,, 212/727-8110

Pull My Daisy (Robert Frank & Alfred Leslie, 1959) screening with Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959)
Saturday, January 12, 7:00 and 9:10 pm

The quintessential Beat movie, written and narrated by Jack Kerouac, starring Allen Ginsberg, Larry Rivers, Gregory Corso, Delphine Seyrig, and others.

Me and My Brother (Robert Frank, 1965–68)
Monday, January 14, 9:00 pm 

Frank’s first feature film mixes fiction and documentary to portray the intertwining lives of poet Peter Orlovsky, his near-catatonic brother Julius, and lover Allen Ginsberg. Co-written by Sam Shepard.

At Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
Ticket information:, 212/505-5181

Saturday, March 9, 7:15 pm and Sunday, March 10, 8:00 pm

This Song for Jack (Robert Frank, 1983)

With Allen Ginsberg, David Amram, Gary Snyder, William Burroughs, Carolyn Cassady, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Based on footage shot at “On the Road: The Jack Kerouac Conference,” held at the Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, 1982.


Wholly Communion (Peter Whitehead, 1965)

Captures the historic event at the Royal Albert Hall where an audience of 7,000 witnessed the first meeting of American and English Beat poets. Among performers featured are Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alexander Trocchi, Gregory Corso, and Adrian Mitchell.

Saturday, March 9, 9:00 pm and Sunday, March 10, 6:30 pm

Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (Christopher Felver, 2009)

This definitive documentary explores the world of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s legendary poet, artist, publisher, and civil libertarian. Felver’s one-on-one interviews with Ferlinghetti, made over the course of a decade, touch upon a rich mélange of characters and events that began to unfold in postwar America, including the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, as well as the Vietnam war and the sexual revolution.


Larry Rivers
Exhibition on view: March 29–May 7, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, March 29, 5:30–7:00 pm
Tracey/Barry Gallery, Fales Library, Bobst Library,
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor

A famously social and artistically provocative figure at the center of the New York art world from the 1940s through ’60s, Larry Rivers (1923–2002) gravitated towards collaboration. His friendships helped knit together the worlds of poetry, visual art, writing, music, dance, and theater in postwar New York City. This exhibition presents archival materials from the newly acquired Larry Rivers Papers, including correspondence, source material, and photographs.

Crossings: Larry Rivers and His Milieu
Friday, March 29, 9:00 am–5:30 pm
Fales Library, Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor

In this symposium, scholars, artists, musicians and writers will gather to discuss Larry Rivers’s work, life, and times.

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