June 22: Allen Ginsberg in Art and Action

June 22, 2019

Geoffrey Farmer, If You Want To See Something Look at Something Else (Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997), 2011 (Installation detail)

Western Bridge and Hugo House invite you to an afternoon of readings and staged performances focused on Allen Ginsberg Saturday, June 22, 2-4pm at the Volunteer Park amphitheater in Seattle.

Join an extraordinary lineup of poets, writers, and artists—including Dorothea Lasky, Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, Sadie Dupuis, Ryo Yamaguchi, Laura Da’, Andrew Schelling, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore—in celebrating the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, famed Beat poet and author of Howl.

This program of readings and performances is organized by Hugo House, in conjunction with the Western Bridge presentation of Geoffrey Farmer’s photographic installation piece, If You Want To See Something Look at Something Else (Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997).

Farmer’s fifty-part photographic installation will be on view near the Volunteer Park amphitheater from mid-June to mid-September, 2019. Many thanks to City of Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Volunteer Park Trust for helping to make this installation and event possible.

If You Want To See Something… consists of 50 framed photographs of Allen Ginsberg taken from various moments in the writer’s life, each mounted to a tree in a wooded area. Like other works by the artist that use found imagery, If You Want To See Something isolates images and figures from their original contexts, rearranging their chronologies and relationships. The space of the woods becomes like a theatrical set, where a collectivity of characters emerges from a single figure throughout phases of his long and influential life.

The presence of Allen Ginsberg in Volunteer Park, a site with strong links to the city’s LGBTQ communities and history, offers reflection on an individual who shaped the discourse of his generation through art and action.

Geoffrey Farmer (b. 1967 Vancouver, BC) lives and works in Kauai. Over the course of twenty years, his work has been exhibited at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich; the Louvre in Paris; Documenta 13 in Kassel; the Tate Modern in London; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, among others. Farmer represented Canada at the 2017 Venice Biennale. He is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, and Casey Kaplan, New York.

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