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Featuring Allen Ginsburg Estate,  John Reddick’s Tin Pan Alley collection and Katie Merz
April 17 - May 15, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 17, 6-8pm


View the online Be-Bop OM exhibition checklist here.

Planthouse is pleased to present Be-Bop OM, a group show inspired by New York City’s artistic soul’s past and present. Vintage Tin Pan Alley ragtime era sheet music from Harlem historian John Reddick’s collection, a spirited photograph of Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg from the 1950s, recent black and white kinetic cut-outs by Brooklyn-born street artist Katie Merz and new silkscreen prints by Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine celebrates the city’s creative legacy as a home to musicians, painters, poets, and all-around noisemakers.


Katie Merz grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and earned a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art. She has exhibited nationally including the Brooklyn Museum, been recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, The Oberman Center Collaborative grant, the Robert Motherwell painters grant and have been a fellow at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and have been in residence ten times at the Macdowell Residency, NH.

In 2019, Merz was awarded the Saint Gaudens lifetime achievement award at the Cooper Union School of Art and was an inductee into the Cooper Union Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Allen Ginsberg Estate continues to fulfill its mission, honoring the poet's wish to realize his unpublished writings as well as other uncompleted projects and to ensure that his works continue to be readily available to the widest possible audience. Since 1997, it has published 15 collections of writings, released and reissued over 10 audio collections, produced several films, and published two collections of photography (as well as arranging several major international photographic exhibitions). It has also maintained a robust and on-going social media presence both on its website and with a lively and engaging Instagram page. Ginsberg left a trove of over 80,000 images (now in the archives of Stanford University), an extraordinary resource and a remarkable window into his life and his times. The extent of this work has yet to be fully explored.  

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