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Poetic Intelligence

LA Weekly

August 9, 2023

by Shana Nys Dambrot

New poems by a dead poet with the help of A.I. (and his own photography); new and rare art books and the worlds (and parties) that spin in and around them; a weekend of food, film, dance, and poetry inspired by paintings; classic Chinese printmaking, interdisciplinary landscapes, and allegorical photography; poetry by women of color inspired by majestic sculptures; a documentary on the world’s greatest personal library; art across the L.A. River; blockchain art by cyberpunk feminists.

Poetic Intelligence: Arts Calendar August 10-16

Thursday, August 10

Muses & Self: Photographs by Allen Ginsberg at Fahey/Klein Gallery. Ginsberg’s personal photographs balance our understanding of the outspoken Beat poet. At his core, Ginsberg was a witness and chronicler of the world; his profound admiration for the beauty of the vernacular, intense observation, and celebration of the present moment guided his photography and poetry. In conjunction with the selections, the gallery hosts a preview of A Picture of My Mind: Poems Written by Allen Ginsberg’s Photographs—a collection of ekphrastic poems generated by an AI-powered version of Ginsberg’s own body of text in response to specific photographs, developed in collaboration with poetry collective theVERSEverse. 148 N. La Brea, Hollywood; Opening reception: Thursday, August 10, 6-8pm; On view through September 23; free;