The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg screens at the Walker

Starting tonight at the Walker Art Center, museum goers can catch a glimpse of the life and influence of American icon Allen Ginsberg. 

The 1994 documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg is an award-winning film, directed by Academy Award nominee Jerry Aronson.

Known as the founding father of the Beat generation, Allen Ginsberg's poetry was radical, spiritual, and groundbreaking. This is especially evident in works like "Howl!" and "Kaddish." Through interviews and archived footage, audiences will get a chance to look beyond Ginsberg's poems, further into the person behind one of the most provocative movements in social commentary.

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg was directed by Jerry Aronson who accumulated more than 120 hours of footage over 25 years. Interviews with Yoko Ono, Beck, Andy Warhol, Thurston Moore, and others are included, along with footage of Ginsberg at Kerouac's grave with Bob Dylan, and at readings of his poetry.

The winner of the International Documentary Award's most prestigious honor, Aronson's documentary delves into Ginsberg as not only a poet, but also a political activist working to end the Vietnam War, and as a musician. Overall the film is a moving visual history, following Ginsberg and his influence on American culture over the last 60 years (and counting).

Showings begin tonight and run through October 10 in the Walker Art Center's lecture hall. Interested viewers can see the film for free (after a $10 museum admission) Tuesdays through Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m., or on Thursdays at 1,3,5, and 7 p.m. 

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