Crossing Boundaries



Who will Remember (detail) by Al Tacconelli

Crossing Boundaries: Visual Art by Writers, an exhibition and readings, organized by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in conjunction with the Paterson Museum will take place on April 1, 2006. The exhibition, on view April 1 through May 28, features art work by noted writers, such as Allen Ginsberg, e e cummings, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, and Diane di Prima, among many others.  Writer/artists from across the USA will be participating. The event offers an opportunity for visitors to see work by artists such as e e cummings whose paintings have not been on public display since 1972. The event will begin with light refreshments at 12:30 in the Hamilton Club Building at Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, Paterson, New Jersey, and readings by writer/artists at 1:00 p.m. At 2:30 the event will be moved to the Paterson Museum at 2 Market Street where additional art works will be on view and more readings will take place, followed by a reception.

e e cummings experimented radically with form, punctuation, spelling, and syntax, abandoning traditional techniques and structures to create a new, highly idiosyncratic means of poetic expression. He attained great popularity, especially among young readers, for the simplicity of his language, his playful mode and his attention to subjects such as war and sex. At the time of his death in 1962, he was the second most widely read poet in the United States, after Robert Frost. cummings viewed himself as much a painter as a poet and spent more of his time painting than writing. Between 1915 and 1928 he received wide recognition as an American cubist and abstract, avant-garde painter. cummings later became disenchanted with the public New York art scene and spent the remainder of his life painting representational landscapes, still lives, and portraits. There is the “popular cummings-as-experimental-innovator of the first period and the much more private cummings-as-aesthetic-sensualist” in the second period. e e cummings’ paintings are represented by Ken Lopez – Bookseller in Hadley, MA.

Recognized as one of the most important and influential poets in the Beat movement, Lawrence Ferlinghetti was the founder of the famous City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco which became a mecca for the poets who called themselves Beat Poets.  Ferlinghetti has written poetry, fiction and translations. The writer is also a professional artist represented by the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco. About Ferlinghetti’s paintings, Rita Bottoms said, “I am haunted by his art. Many of his paintings have in them images of birds. I think of him as one of those winged beings, soaring above and over all those boundaries and artificial barriers including “writers over here” and “painters over there.” He just sails on over.”

Allen Ginsberg became a leading figure of the Beat movement.  His first book of poems, Howl, overcame censorship trials to become one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into more than twenty-two languages. He went on to co-found and direct the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Colorado. Ginsberg was also an accomplished photographer whose images captured the spirit and vitality of the Beat generation, featuring Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, himself, and others.   Ginsberg’s photographs are represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City.

Participants are invited to park at the Paterson Museum. A trolley will provide transport between the Museum and the Hamilton Club. If participants prefer to drive to the Hamilton Club, they may park in the parking lots as they do for the Poetry Center reading series and then drive to the Paterson Museum.

The Poetry Center strives to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs, large print materials, sign-interpreted programs, FM listening systems and open-captioning. Please contact (973) 684-6555 for availability of services.

For further information please call the Poetry Center at (973) 684-6555 or visit

Contact Person: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director of the Poetry Center

The Poetry Center is named a Distinguished Arts Project and is funded, in part, by a grant from The New Jersey State Council on the Art/Department of State, and made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Governor’s invitational tennis tournament grant.



Contact: Jane Haw
Phone: (973) 684-5448