“Without even intending it, there is that little shiver of a moment in time preserved in the crystal cabinet of the mind. A little shiver of eternal space. That’s what I was looking for.” - Allen Ginsberg, 1979
Today, we went to see the Allen Ginsberg’s photographs collection called BEAT MEMORIES, which is currently on exhibit at NYU Grey Art Gallery. As we all know, Allen Ginsberg is the leading figure of the Beat Generation. He is not only known for his poems, but also those valuable black and white photographs that greatly represent the memories of beat generation.
Most of the photographs are the portraits of Ginsberg’s friends, which include many great figures of the Beat Generation ranged from musicians, writers, photographers, to filmmakers. Such as Bob Dylan, Harry Smith, Robert Frank, Gregory Corso, and William Burroughs, just to name a few. What I personally love about these portraits, are the fact that they are not very intended. They are more like daily snapshots under very casual circumstance. A lot of the portraits are taken across a dining table. Some of the photographs are very bold, but in the same time are taken very unintentionally. There are also many his self-portraits. From these beautiful first hand sources, we can see these artists and writers’ life in New York from the 50s to 80s.
If you are in New York, definitely go to NYU Grey Art Gallery and check out this exhibit, plus, it is free! It ends on April 6, 2013.