About this Event
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Hear student poetry inspired by the exhibition Beat Visions and the Counterculture. The poetry reading will be hosted by Celeste Doaks, visiting assistant professor in creative writing, Department of English.
Beat Visions and the Counterculture explores the ideas and imagery of the Beat Generation and its influence on 1960s counterculture and beyond. Starting in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Beat movement prized authenticity, spontaneity, spirituality, and, above all, experience. Although not overtly political, the Beats challenged social norms and consistently provoked authority, pushing boundaries in both their lives and their art. In their experimental writings, artworks, and other activities, the Beats sought to transcend conformist society and to attain what was frequently called a “new consciousness”—a liberated sense of self-expression, spiritual insight, and interpersonal connection that would form the basis of the youth culture of the 1960s.
The gallery will be open until 8 p.m. for this event.