Thursday, July 10, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This Planet is Doomed: A Sun Ra Celebration
Many know Sun Ra for his cosmic, avant-garde music and costumes, as well as his pioneering role in the Afro-Futurist movement, but there is not as much discussion of his sci-fi poetry. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra's arrival on Earth with an evening of poetry, futuristic sounds, and archival films in the Penn Museum's Lower Egypt Gallery, led by Pew Fellow CAConrad, writer Ras Mashramani, and Sun Ra biographer John Szwed, accompanied by the sounds of Buchla Music Easel pioneer Charles Cohen. DJs Anthony Campuzano and Jack Sloss close the night with an Afro-Futurist dance party tribute in the Kintner galleries. Presented in partnership with The Galleries at Moore and Ars Nova Workshop. Free admission.
Back in 1980, Sun Ra made a special appearance in the Penn Museum's Lower Egypt Gallery and offered his intergalactic philosophical musings on the bleak fate of Planet Earth for A Joyful Noise, Robert Mugge's jazz film about the prolific artist and his Arkestra.
Presented by Moore College of Art & Design and the Friends of The Galleries at Moore, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and The Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation.