THE 80's: 326 YEARS OF HIP
The Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Museum on the Lower East Side in New York have extended their current exhibition of works by Mary Beach, Herbert Huncke, Boris Lurie and Warhol star, Taylor Mead. Although originally scheduled to close at the end of February, the show is now set to run through March with a special night of readings from the works of Herbert Huncke on March 4th, 2005. Among the celebrities, artists and writers participating in the evening will be Tatum O'Neal, Edgar Oliver, Jack Walls, Dash Snow, Anne Hanavan, Jerome Poynton, Jeremiah Newton, Taylor Mead, Ira Cohen and others.
Huncke, a resident of The Chelsea Hotel when he died in 1996, appeared as a character under various pseudonyms in several Beat classics, including Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Allen Ginsberg's Howl, and William Burroughs'Junkie. In the 1940s he briefly lived at Joan Vollmer's infamous apartment at 419 West 115th Street where Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac also stayed. Huncke was forced to leave the apartment after he was arrested for possession of drugs and sent to Bronx Jail. After leaving jail, Huncke's drug habit continued and has been well documented in accounts of the era. Poet and writer Diane di Prima remembered Huncke visiting her apartment at 35 Cooper Square during the early 1960s. According to di Prima, "at various times, Herbert Huncke and/or William Burroughs would come by to shoot smack" with her partner at the time, Alan Marlowe - who had previously been in a relationship with Warhol star Freddie Herko. (GAB77) (DP354)
Herbert Huncke is generally credited with coining the term "Beat" although Kerouac also took credit for using the word to describe what he called the "Lost Generation."
From Ginsberg, A Biography by Barry Miles:
"Beat Generation was a phrase discovered by Jack Kerouac and John Clellon Holmes in the fall of 1949... Their accounts differ as to what occurred: 'We were talking about the Lost Generation and what this generation would be called,' said Kerouac, 'and we thought of various names and I said, 'Ah, this is really a Beat Generation!' - and he [Holmes] leaped up and said, 'You've got it!' - see just like that.' Holmes said, 'Jack and I never talked about he Lost Generation particularly. You see, when Jack used that phrase, we certainly didn't say 'That's it! That's it!' and make a big issue out of it.' Either way, three years went by before anyone used it again, and it was only when Holme's book Go was published by Scribners in 1952, with the line: 'You know, everyone I know is kind of furtive, kind of beat... a sort of revolution of the soul, I guess you'd call it,' that the New York Times grabbed hold of the catchy phrase and asked him to write an article about it. Holme's piece, This Is The Beat Generation, appeared 16 November 1952, and the Beats were defined as a public phenomenon, long after the fact. The word itself came to them from Huncke, who had been using it long before he met any of them to describe the condition he was usually in - beat." (GAB126-7)
The reading of Huncke's works begins at 7:00 pm. The Clayton Gallery and Outlaw Art Museum is located at 161 Essex St., New York, NY 10002, Tel: (212) 477-1363. Admission is free of charge.
NEW WARHOL FILM BOOK
A new book on Warhol's films - Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures - is scheduled to be published on March 28, 2005.
The book focuses on Warhol's Screen Tests and non-narrative films and includes essays by Callie Angel and Mary Lea Bandy with a foreword by Tom Sokolowski of the Andy Warhol Museum.
Amazon is currently offering a discount of more than 30% on pre-orders of the book, here.
SELF-PORTRAITS AT THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh is hosting an exhibition of Andy Warhol's Self-Portraits from February 12, 2005 - May 2, 2005.
Events scheduled to coincide with the exhibition include a tour of the exhibition by Dr Dietmar Elger from the Sprengel Museum in Hannover on February 12, 2005; a children's self-portrait workshop on February 16, 2005; a tour of the exhibition by the gallery's chief curator, Keith Hartley, on February 21, 2005; a free lecture on Andy Warhol and his tape recorder on February 24, 2005 by art historian Jean Wainwright who has been given access to tape recordings left behind by Warhol after his death; a tour of the exhibit and printmaking workshop for the visually impaired on March 2, 2005 and a signed tour of the exhibit for deaf people on March 20, 2005.Full details at: www.natgalscot.ac.uk.