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Beat-Era Cinema

November 5, 2006 - December 3, 2006

Pull My Daisy, November 21

The artists of the Beat era of the 1950s and sixties immersed themselves in new ways of making—and living—art. Collaboration was a key working method, as was experimentation with various artistic media and new forms of language. Films from the period provide a record of numerous Beat painters, poets, and performers, both in front of and behind the camera. Wallace Berman, editor of Semina—the eclectic, extraordinary journal at the heart of the exhibition The Semina Circle
The visionary artists and poets who created a community around Wallace Berman's magazine Semina are depicted in works by Berman, Bruce Conner, Lawrence Jordan, and others.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
7:30 p.m. Beat Films
Hailed in its time as a harbinger of a new film movement that prized spontaneity and lived experience, Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie's Pull My Daisy is perhaps the ultimate Beat film, narrated by Jack Kerouac and featuring Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky. Plus Wallace Berman's Aleph and works by Bruce Conner and Christopher Maclaine that evoke the dark side of postwar America.

Sunday, December 3, 2006
2:00 p.m. Tarzan and Jane Regained . . . Sort Of
Wallace Berman, Claes Oldenburg, and other art stars appear in an Andy Warhol romp through 1963 L.A. With Lawrence Jordan's Triptych in Four Parts, featuring Berman.

Sunday, December 3, 2006
2:00 p.m. Tarzan and Jane Regained . . . Sort Of

We wish to thank Andrew Lampert, Anthology Film Archives, and Michael Duncan, co-curator of Semina Culture, for their generous assistance.