Through over eighty photographs by renowned poet, Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), Beat Memories tenderly captures the young writers and rebels that would define the Beat Generation. Ginsberg’s photographs are a vital record of his close companions—William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, and Jack Kerouac—and they reveal a commitment to capturing the extraordinary beauty of the everyday. Upon revisiting these photos decades after they were taken, Ginsberg added personal and poetic captions beneath the images, giving them crucial context.
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Presenting partnership for this exhibition is provided by an anonymous donor. Supporting sponsorship has been provided by The Jim Joseph Foundation, BNY Mellon and Richard Nagler and Sheila Sosnow.
A Gathering of Angels—Opening event for Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Thursday , May 23 | 6:30–9pm $5 after 5 pm
About the Program
In this highly anticipated opening salvo of the exhibition Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, enjoy a pop-up poetry salon, drop-in zine making with Rad Dad creators, a typewriter petting zoo, cash bar, and more.