Celebrating Allen Ginsberg in San Francisco

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The Festival
The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) collaborates with local literary organizations to celebrate the life and legacy of Allen Ginsberg and his lasting relationship with the Bay Area.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.

Co-produced by Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Beat Museum, City Lights Booksellers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Genius  Loci Tours, Mechanics’ Institute Library, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, Stanford Humanities Center, Poetry Flash, with support provided by Litquake Literary Festival.

The Exhibition
On view May 23–September 8, 2013 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Over seventy 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,  Jack Kerouac, and others—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. 

Image: Allen Ginsberg, Myself seen by William Burroughs, Kodak Retina new-bought 2’d hand from Bowery hock-shop . . ., 1953. Gelatin silver print, printed 1984–1997, 11 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Gary S. Davis. Copyright © 2013 The Allen Ginsberg LLC.

Schedule

Thursday, July 11

A Literary Tour of North Beach with Bill Morgan
1pm–2:30pm | Tour meets in Kerouac Alley in front of Vesuvio (Map) SOLD OUT
$10 Contemporary Jewish Museum Member; $15 general admission, advance registration required, limited space; price includes admission to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Beat Museum
Bill Morgan served as Allen Ginsberg’s personal archivist and biographer. Over their 20-year professional relationship, Morgan became quite close to Ginsberg, and has written extensively on the Beat Generation and its key figures.

Bill Morgan in Conversation with David Meltzer
6:30–8pm | Contemporary Jewish Museum Get Tickets
Free for Contemporary Jewish Museum Members and co-sponsors; $15 general admission
Two great storytellers take the stage to delve into the myth and man of Allen Ginsberg, and the legacy of the Beat Generation. Bill Morgan (I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg and The Beat Generation in San Francisco) talks with David Meltzer (San Francisco Beats: Talking with the Poets and David’s Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer). CJM Public Programs Manager, Gravity Goldberg will moderate the conversation.

Friday, July 12

The Ginsberg Archives: Bill Morgan in Conversation with Hilton Obenzinger
1:30–3pm | Stanford Humanities Center
Free for Contemporary Jewish Museum Members; free general

Bill Morgan, biographer and personal archivist to Allen Ginsberg, will speak at Stanford University, home of the Ginsberg archives. Morgan, who coordinated the transfer of the Ginberg’s archives to Stanford, will be in conversation with Stanford literary scholar Hilton Obenzinger. Morgan and Obenzinger will discuss the legacy of Ginsberg’s cultural contributions and the scope of the Ginsberg archives.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Lehrhaus Judaica, Stanford Continuing Studies and Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford.

Beat Reunion: A Celebratory Night of Panels, Performances, and a Beat Café
5:30–9:30pm | Mechanics’ Institute Library  Get Tickets
Free Members of Mechanics’ Institute and co-sponsors; $15 general admission

5:30–6:30pm  | Beat Café,  featuring reading by Beat poet ruth weiss
6:30–7:30pm | The Prophetic Voice: Blake, Whitman, and Allen Ginsberg

Explore the link between this great Beat poet and his visionary lineage. Panels moderated by Alan Kaufman with Neeli Cherkovski, Jerry Cimino, Brenda Knight, Don Lattin, Regina Marler, Gerald Nicosia, Steve Silberman, Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan. Dramatic readings by Bruce Bierman, Naomi Newman, Laura Sheppard, ruth weiss. Includes author book sales and signing.
7:45–8:45pm | The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Celebrating Ginsberg’s journey through the major social, cultural, and political revolutions of his day, and how he launched the Beat Generation and inspired the zeitgeist of the sixties.

Saturday, July 13

A Literary Tour of North Beach with Bill Morgan  
1pm–2:30pm | Tour meets in Kerouac Alley in front of Vesuvio (Map) SOLD OUT
$10 Contemporary Jewish Museum Member; $15 general admission, advance registration required, limited space; price includes admission to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Beat Museum
Bill Morgan served as Allen Ginsberg’s personal archivist and biographer. Over their 20-year professional relationship, Morgan became quite close to Ginsberg, and has written extensively on the Beat Generation and its key figures.

Poetry Shabbat: Havdalah and Its Possibilities
7pm | Sha’ar Zahav
Free, first come first admitted, limited seating. Doors open 6:30.
Contemporary poets write original works to celebrate and illuminate the Shabbat service. Poets include Neeli Cherkovski, Sam Sax, Daphne Gottlieb, Jeffrey Lilly, Andrew Ramer, and Wendy Brummer. Congregants will also participate by reading poems by Allen Ginsberg and others. Created by Alan Kaufman and Lehrhaus Judaica’s Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan.

Sunday, July 14

Howl Legacy: The Continuing Battle for Free Expression
3–5pm | Contemporary Jewish Museum
  Get Tickets
Free with Museum Admission
The publishing and defending of Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl became landmark moments in the history of freedom of speech, obscenity issues, and the censorship of literary works. The panel discusses how the fight against censorship continues today. Moderated by Peter Maravelis of City Lights Booksellers and includes panelists Rebecca Farmer of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Mark Rumold of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and James Wheaton of the First Amendment Project.

Thursday, July 11

A Literary Tour of North Beach with Bill Morgan
1pm–2:30pm | Tour meets in Kerouac Alley in front of Vesuvio (Map) SOLD OUT
$10 Contemporary Jewish Museum Member; $15 general admission, advance registration required, limited space; price includes admission to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Beat Museum
Bill Morgan served as Allen Ginsberg’s personal archivist and biographer. Over their 20-year professional relationship, Morgan became quite close to Ginsberg, and has written extensively on the Beat Generation and its key figures.

Bill Morgan in Conversation with David Meltzer
6:30–8pm | Contemporary Jewish Museum Get Tickets
Free for Contemporary Jewish Museum Members and co-sponsors; $15 general admission
Two great storytellers take the stage to delve into the myth and man of Allen Ginsberg, and the legacy of the Beat Generation. Bill Morgan (I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg and The Beat Generation in San Francisco) talks with David Meltzer (San Francisco Beats: Talking with the Poets and David’s Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer). CJM Public Programs Manager, Gravity Goldberg will moderate the conversation.

Friday, July 12

Bill Morgan in Conversation
1:30–3pm | Stanford Humanities Center
Free for Contemporary Jewish Museum Members; $15 general admission
Bill Morgan, biographer and personal archivist to Allen Ginsberg, speaks at Stanford University, home of the Ginsberg archives. Talk co-sponsored by the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Lehrhaus Judaica.

Beat Reunion: A Celebratory Night of Panels, Performances, and a Beat Café
5:30–9:30pm | Mechanics’ Institute Library  Get Tickets
Free Members of Mechanics’ Institute and co-sponsors; $15 general admission
5:30–6:30pm  | Beat Café,  featuring reading by Beat poet ruth weiss
6:30–7:30pm | The Prophetic Voice: Blake, Whitman, and Allen Ginsberg

Explore the link between this great Beat poet and his visionary lineage. Panels moderated by Alan Kaufman with Neeli Cherkovski, Jerry Cimino, Brenda Knight, Don Lattin, Regina Marler, Gerald Nicosia, Steve Silberman, Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan. Dramatic readings by Bruce Bierman, Naomi Newman, Laura Sheppard, ruth weiss. Includes author book sales and signing.
7:45–8:45pm | The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Celebrating Ginsberg’s journey through the major social, cultural, and political revolutions of his day, and how he launched the Beat Generation and inspired the zeitgeist of the sixties.

Saturday, July 13

A Literary Tour of North Beach with Bill Morgan 
1pm–2:30pm | Tour meets in Kerouac Alley in front of Vesuvio (Map) SOLD OUT
$10 Contemporary Jewish Museum Member; $15 general admission, advance registration required, limited space; price includes admission to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Beat Museum
Bill Morgan served as Allen Ginsberg’s personal archivist and biographer. Over their 20-year professional relationship, Morgan became quite close to Ginsberg, and has written extensively on the Beat Generation and its key figures.

Poetry Shabbat: Havdalah and Its Possibilities
7pm | Sha’ar Zahav
Free, first come first admitted, limited seating. Doors open 6:30.
Contemporary poets write original works to celebrate and illuminate the Shabbat service. Poets include Neeli Cherkovski, Sam Sax, and Daphne Gottlieb. Congregants will also participate by reading poems by Allen Ginsberg and others. Created by Alan Kaufman and Lehrhaus Judaica’s Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan.

Sunday, July 14

Howl Legacy: The Continuing Battle for Free Expression
3–5pm | Contemporary Jewish Museum
  Get Tickets
Free with Museum Admission
The publishing and defending of Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl became landmark moments in the history of freedom of speech, obscenity issues, and the censorship of literary works. The panel discusses how the fight against censorship continues today. Moderated by Peter Maravelis of City Lights Booksellers and includes panelists Rebecca Farmer of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Mark Rumold of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and James Wheaton of the First Amendment Project.

 

Festival Venues

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Kerouac Alley / Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave. (Map)

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St. (Map)
415.655.7800
thecjm.org

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Mechanics’ Institute Library

57 Post St. (Map)
415.393.0100
milibrary.org

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Stanford Humanities Center

424 Santa Teresa St. Stanford (Map)
shc.stanford.edu

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Congregation
Sha’ar Zahav

290 Dolores St. (Map)
415.861.6932
shaarzahav.org

Co-hosts and Partners

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Supporters

Lead support for The Allen Ginsberg Festival has been generously provided by Emily and Stephen Mendel.

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, Joyce Baskin Linker, and Richard Nagler and Sheila Sosnow.

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The Koret and Taube Foundations are the Lead Supporters of the 2012/13 exhibition season.

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Public Programs and New Media Initiatives at the CJM are made possible with lead support from The Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support has been provided by the Leavitt Family and supporting sponsorship comes from The Toole Family Charitable Foundation, David B. Gold Foundation, In Memory of Benjamin Alpert, and Alyse Mason Brill and Nathan Brill.

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