Ed Ruscha: On the Road is a vibrant exhibition featuring works inspired by Jack Kerouac’s seminal work On the Road, the novel that came to define the Beat Generation. Both artists utilize language as a form of social commentary, documenting the continuing shifts in the American cultural landscape. By superimposing passages from Kerouac’s epic 1957 novel onto images of snow-capped mountains or abstract backgrounds, Ruscha injects new life into the feverishly written words. Much of the novel, typed on a continuous 120-foot-long scroll, is set against the backdrop of post-World War II lower downtown Denver.
Ed Ruscha: On the Road will be on view through April 22, 2012.
One of the “cool” parts of my job is the occasional interaction with a living artist. A few weeks ago Ed Ruscha, one of the top living American artists, visited the museum. He was in town for the opening of his exhibition Ed Ruscha: On the Road , on view at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) through April 8.