November 21, 2019 â€“ February 1, 2020
Opening reception: November 21 | 6:30 â€“ 9:00 PM | Free and open to all
Live jazz, poetry readings and refreshments served
Heart Beats is curated by the USU English 4310 Beat Course taught by Professor Paul Crumbley.
The Beat artists represented in this exhibition embody unique expressions of the artistic rebellion that rocked American culture during the 1950s and can be considered individual beats within the pulsating â€œBeat heart.â€� Poet Allen Ginsbergâ€™s first public reading of his poem â€œHowl,â€� at the Six Gallery in San Francisco on October 7, 1955, triggered an unanticipated explosion of emotional energies unleashed by his denouncement of spiritual emptiness and blind conformity to a growing capitalist, materialist society.
This exhibition combines Beat writers with little magazines and the artwork of the period sourced from NEHMA’s collection and the Merrill-Cazier Library to communicate the interconnectedness of the entire Beat artistic scene.