The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940-1975

A colorful cast of characters shaped post-World War II American literature and culture.

The exhibition reconsiders postwar literature and the ways it mirrored, predicted,and remade the culture around it, with special focus on the influential group known as “the Beats.” Pulling from the Rose Library’s rich literary collections, especially the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, the show rediscovers a number of fascinating countercultural writers and will be the first major consideration of the Beats in the U.S. in nearly a decade.

Learn more here.

Opening Events

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:30-9 p.m.: Poetry reading with Anne Waldman, Oxford Road Building Presentation Room (Atlanta campus). Book signing to follow.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 5-6 p.m.: Creativity Conversation with Anne Waldman, Rose Library, Level 10 of Woodruff Library.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Opening reception for “The Dream Machine” exhibition with special guest Anne Waldman and music by the Gary Motley Trio, Schatten Gallery and Jones Room, Level 3 of Woodruff Library.

A group reading of “Howl” is planned for early November, with details to be announced.

All events are free and open to the public.

Visitor Information

The exhibition is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 3. Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 5pm, Weekends: free). “Visitors” hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.