LECTURE ON GINSBERG’S PHOTOGRAPHY AND BOOK SIGNING
I sat for decades at morning breakfast tea looking out my kitchen window, one day recognized my own world the familiar background, a giant wet brick-walled undersea Atlantis garden, waving ailanthus (“stinkweed”) “Trees of Heaven,” with chimney pots along Avenue A topped by Stuyvesant Town apartments’ upper floors two blocks distant on 14th Street, I focus’d on the raindrops along the clothesline. “Things are symbols of themselves,” said Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. New York City August 18, 1984 – Allen Ginsberg
A lecture by Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art; book signing of Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg follows.