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Gallery Talk and Readings Highlight USU Exhibit Photographer

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

Source: University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives

Contact: Brad Cole, (435) 797-8268, brad.cole@usu.edu


Gallery Talk and Readings Highlight USU Exhibit Photographer and Author John Suiter Speaks March 5


                LOGAN — Photographer and author John Suiter will present a gallery talk discussing the exhibit “Nobody Goes Home Sad” currently featured at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University. The talk, free and open to everyone, is Wednesday, March 5, and begins at noon at the art museum, located in the Chase Fine Arts complex on the Logan campus. A reception follows the talk.


                The exhibition is a collaborative project between USU’s University Libraries and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. The exhibit features documentary photographs and audio tapes from the John Suiter and Walter Lehrman Collections housed in the library’s Special Collections and Archives, broadsides and books from the Marie Eccles Caine Beat Poetry and Little Magazine Collection and select works from the art museum’s collection.


                In conjunction with the gallery talk, a Beat poetry reading by USU graduate students from assistant professor Ben Gunsberg’s English class will take place in the art museum on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception. The reading will also feature audio clips of Beat poets Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth and Phillip Whalen from a 1956 reading in Berkeley, Calif.  Suiter will also join the students for the reading.


                Suiter, author of “Poets on the Peaks,” a book about Beat poets and their experiences as fire lookouts in the Northwest during the 1950s, discovered the historic photographs and audio tapes during his research. The materials were in Walter Lehrman’s Ohio attic and have not been seen or heard in decades. Lehrman, a retired English professor, attended school in Berkeley in the 1950s and personally attended the events and knew the poets.  Suiter reconstructed the photos from the damaged negatives.


                The Merrill-Cazier Library, which houses the Suiter Collection, acquired the Lehrman photographs and the audio recordings to add to its Beat poetry and environmental collections.  The exhibition, now on display at USU’s museum, grew out of an idea of exhibiting Suiter’s contemporary photographs of Ginsberg, Whalen, McClure, Snyder and Lamantia against Lehrman’s historic photographs.  The result is a unique and rare exhibition that contextualizes an important era of the American cultural history.


                USU’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed weekends and holidays. The museum can be reached at (435) 797-0163.


                “Nobody Goes Home Sad” can be seen through March 14.

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