[JPL] Sun Ra
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Tue May 26 13:56:12 EDT 2009
Sun Ra exhibit shows jazz pioneer's spacy imagery
The Associated Press
Updated: 05/25/2009 06:21:51 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA---Sun Ra told of having a mystical experience in his youth
in which he was transported to Saturn and instructed to speak to the
world in troubled times to come.
For the rest of his life, Sun Ra's avant garde jazz, outlandish dress
and sometimes obscure pronouncements confounded the music establishment
and many listeners. A decade and a half after his death, he is credited
with having been a forerunner of the Afrofuturist movement that uses
technology and science fiction to re-imagine the black experience.
Sun Ra's work is being celebrated in "Pathways to Unknown Worlds" at the
University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibit,
which runs through Aug. 2, was first shown at the Hyde Park Art Center
in Chicago. It has now come to the city where Sun Ra lived for the last
quarter-century of his career.
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