Art History in the News: The Root calls out Beat Photography exhibit for leaving out members

“The National Gallery of Art unveiled Beat Memories earlier this month, a photo exhibit showcasing beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s less-known work as a photographer, on display until September.

The narrative created by Beat Memories is benignly incomplete. For sure, the gallery curators were limited by the photos they were given. However, the fact that none of the women or blacks are included who played a significant role in the intellectual life of the beat scene that thrived in New York and San Francisco in the 1950s is disappointing–and ultimately dishonest. This is where culture watchdogs are necessary.”

When I found this piece of news, I thought I would add it to my blog to give a contrast to the Afghanistan photo essay I linked in an earlier post.  One photo series enlightens while another series does not.

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