Beat Memories: National Gallery of Art

Polis Is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place preceded by Lowell Blues

Directed by Henry Ferrini
Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 - 2:00 PM
National Gallery of Art - Washington DC (MAP)

A celebration of Kerouac’s “childhood holy land,” Lowell Blues remembers the place the writer could never forget. Excerpts from Doctor Sax are read by Gregory Corso, Johnny Depp, Carolyn Cassady, David Amram, and others. (Henry Ferrini, 2000, digital beta, 26 minutes)

The Beats’ “big fire source,” poet Charles Olson, reads from his own work and celebrates his beloved Gloucester on New England’s coast in Polis Is This. The poet’s landscapes come alive again via his own private mission to preserve them. (Henry Ferrini and Ken Riaf, 2007, digital beta, 56 minutes)

Musicians, filmmakers, playwrights, poets, painters, and protesters are the focus of this series presented in association with the National Gallery exhibition Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.

An ongoing program of classic cinema, documentary, avant-garde, and area premieres occurs each weekend in the East Building Auditorium, 4th Street at Constitution Avenue NW (map). Programs are free of charge but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Programs are subject to change.

-Press Release courtesy of CulturalCapitol.com

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