Monday, June 10, 2013
The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Monday, June 24th at 8:30 pm, REscption for Renowned Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli
The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Silvio Marchetti is pleased to cordially invite you to a private reception in honor of the site-specific installation
featuring a spectacular light installation illuminating the facades of the Field Museum by Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli
Monday, June 24th at 8:30 pm
Field Museum of Chicago - Northeast Terrace
1400 S Lake Shore Drive
curated by Kate Zeller readings by Thomas Haskell Simpson, Italian poet Giuseppe Conte
and Chicago poets Ana Castillo, Osama Esber, Reginald Gibbons, Arica Hilton, Elise Paschen, Lia Simou, Chana Zelig, curated by Arica Hilton
Soprano: Karolina Kvorakova
Soundtrack: Adrian Leverkhun and Thomas Masters
The light installation of the Field Museum's north facade will begin at 9:30pm
Join us for a glass of wine and views of the city before the lighting installation event begins at dusk
To reserve your seat at this spectacular show,
please click here.
Renowned Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli will create an immense light installation that will be projected against the majestic façade of one of the city of Chicago's most renowned and visible monuments, the Field Museum of Natural History. Inspired by the museum's encyclopedic collection of artifacts from global human culture across millenia, from geological history and the natural world, Rotelli has turned to Dante's epic meditation on Nature and History in search of a comprehensive poetic vision of transcendent unity. Giant white fabric curtains hung between the museum's neoclassical columns will become screens reflecting floating, shifting images drawn from Dante's vast allegorical repertory of astrology, numerology, philosophy, theology and history.
In an array of different languages, poets will read verses, commissioned for the event, designed to weave the tensions and crises of our own moment into Dante's great harmonic tapestry, revealing the urgent relevance of a poem that speaks as much to the contemporary spirit as to that of the Middle Ages, and as much to the whole world as to Italy. Musicians will also perform music from different periods.
Visible to spectators from parks that surround the museum, from the city's legendary skyscrapers, from one of its most famous streets, from boats in the lake and even from the sky, the luminous installation will transform Dante's verse into a dazzling beacon beaming out across time and space, offering a unifying message of hope to everyone in this vibrant, various and terribly human city. Planned to correspond with the summer solstice, this hour-long, spectacular light, music and poetry event will begin at 9:30 p.m and will be preceeded by a private reception that starts at 8:30pm.
Reservations kindly requested by June 20th.
To reserve your complimentary seat for this spectacular show, please click here.