Mar 13, 2013

with tomorrow’s sun: A Night of Poetry and Performance


With Tomorrow’s Sun” (March 13, 2013) opened with a site-specific performance by artist Field Kallop whose work was appearing in ICA’s exhibition Glitter and Folds. At 6:00 Kallop started ten handmade pendulums swinging in the Project Space, streams of diamond dust pouring through their tips to trace elliptical patterns on the floor. The program continued in the Mezzanine Space with prosecco, cookies, and green and red lights. Glitter and Folds curator Jennifer Burris gave a talk about her show, weaving many elements (Marlene Dietrich’s 1949 screen test for The Blue Angel; Robert Smithson and Spiral Jetty; Plato; Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes; Dorothy’s ruby slippers; the first credit card; the 1977 New York City blackout; and many others) together into a revelatory tour of the historical unfolding of the cultural capital of glitter, which she called “a surfacing of shimmering abandon at times of political and economic precariousness.” The evening was rounded out by a reading by poet Frank Sherlock of his utopian verse, including “The Ballad of Bill McIntyre,” a tribute to the man who founded the Mummer’s first fancy brigade, the Shooting Stars, in 1947.