Divina natura Chicago’s Field Museum

On the occasion of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States,
the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Silvio Marchetti

is pleased to cordially invite you to the site-specific installation

Divina natura
(Divine Nature)

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 Soprano: Karolina Kvorakova Soundtrack: Adrian Leverkhun and Thomas Masters

The light installation of the Field Museum’s north facade will begin at 9:30pm
The lighting installation event begins at dusk. 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.

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