THE BEATS

Brion Gysin

The New Museum’s “Bryon Gysin: Dream Machine” exhibit is meant to remedy that. Gysin invented the writing technique, favored by William S. Burroughs, called the cut-up, in which newspapers are cut and reassembled to make interesting connections. And Gysin important in developing Kinetic art, street art, spoken-word, punk and pop. Just across the street from the museum is the Hotel Chelsea, a major Beat hangout that hosted James Brooks, Wynn Chamberlain, Burroughs, Gysin, Mark Rothko and many others. It still holds Burroughs’ typewriter and Gysin’s paintings.