What's an exhibition without an opening concert? David Amram performs from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (26 June) in the Pulliam Great Hall to celebrate the debut of "On the Road" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis.
In 1957's New York, writer Jack Kerouac and musician/composer David Amram helped usher in the Beat Generation with jazz/poetry readings in Greenwich Village. The two collaborated for the rest of Kerouac’s life.
Now, Amram comes to Indy to play songs in Kerouac’s honor. Catch the sounds of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, the Amram-composed score to the film Pull My Daisy, and other selections influenced by Kerouac’s diverse cultural taste.
Amram is a composer and conductor who has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Hunter S. Thompson, Willie Nelson and many more. He is also the author of the memoir Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac (2002). Local musicians jam with Amram for this musical tribute to Kerouac’s spirit!
Oh, yeah. The exhibition, "On the Road Again with Jack Kerouac and Robert Frank", runs Thursday through 21 September in the Schaefer and Gray Gallery.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is the 120-foot-long original typescript for Kerouac’s 1957 cross-country odyssey, On the Road, owned by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The manuscript, 84 feet of which will be on display, will be accompanied by 83 photographs taken by Robert Frank during his own two-year cross-country pilgrimage and published first in Europe in 1958 as Les Americains.