Daily Archives: October 9, 2009

Naked Lunch @50

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication of William S. Burroughs’s novel Naked Lunch, there will be a series of celebratory events October 8-10, 2009 held by Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and New York University (NYU). For a full schedule of 50th Anniversary events, please see the announcement.


William Burroughs at his writing machine, New York, fall 1953. One of numerous, rarely seen photographs taken by Allen Ginsberg that feature in a special Gallery section of Naked Lunch@50, here Ginsberg’s Kodak Retina records a crucial moment for Burroughs, as he worked on the manuscripts of “Queer” and “Yage” before heading off towards Tangier and the writing of Naked Lunch… (Courtesy of the Allen Ginsberg Trust and Stanford University Library.)


Columbia University Libraries


Naked Lunch @ 50:  Anniversary Essays


NPR | Burroughs’ ‘Naked Lunch,’ Still Fresh at 50


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Anne Truitt

Anne Truitt, Valley Forge, 1963. Acrylic on wood, 60 1/8 x 60 3/8 x 12 in. The Rachofsky Collection. Artwork © Estate of Anne Truitt/The Bridgeman Art Library. Photo courtesy of Danese Gallery, New York.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents the first retrospective of the work of Anne Truitt (1921–2004), a pioneering figure in the development of American abstract art. “Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection,” on view Oct. 8–Jan. 3, 2010, is organized by Hirshhorn associate curator Kristen Hileman. The exhibition features more than 35 two-dimensional works alongside 49 examples of the radically reduced and evocatively painted sculptures that were the hallmark of the artist’s 50-year career. Accompanied by the by the most comprehensive monograph on the artist to date, the exhibition explores Truitt’s under-recognized role in the development of geometric abstraction during the second half of the 20th century.


Anne Truitt, A Wall for Apricots, 1968. Acrylic on wood, 72 5/8 x 14 x 14 in. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Helen B. Stern, Washington, DC. Artwork © Estate of Anne Truitt/The Bridgeman Art Library.



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