[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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