May 24, 2013

Allen Ginsberg photos at Contemporary Jewish Museum


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photo by Donald Kinney

A few years ago architect Daniel Libeskind carefully repurposed a power substation originally built in 1881 to serve as a new Contemporary Jewish Museum. Libeskind pushed for a bit of whimsy, perhaps to present a stark contrast between old and new. The resulting madness is a monumental cube made with hundreds of riveted steel panels, unpainted and glistening in the sun, balanced precariously askew on the west corner of the building.



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photo by Donald Kinney

And of course, this odd design has become a Mecca for photographers. Safe to say that no two photogs ever shoot or process it in exactly the same way.



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photos used with permission, Contemporary Jewish Museum

On Wednesday my friend Nancy Ewart who reviews and writes about art for Examiner.com snuck me into a press-preview for the Allen Ginsberg "Beat Memories" exhibit. Without doubt, Ginsberg was a much better poet (Howl, Kaddish, Reality Sandwiches, Death and Fame, Planet News, Cosmopolitan Greetings, etcetera) than he was a photographer--however, these images are rare glimpses into his life with his contemporaries (Cassidy, Burroughs, Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Corso, Donlon, among others).



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photos used with permission, Contemporary Jewish Museum

Reportedly these photos went unseen until a cataloger discovered them
in the archives of personal papers that Ginsberg had given to Columbia University, his alma mater. Exhibit is on view through September 8.
Click for Nancy Ewart's excellent review of the Allen Ginsberg show.


CLICK for 40 new photos on my main website; www.photoarrow.com.

CLICK for preview of my exhibit at Mill Valley Library during July 2013.

1 comment:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Jack doesn't look none too happy. Must be those new shoes he's wearing. Those are great photos.

 
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