This program will take place on April 16, 2019. It is NOT cancelled.
Chicago-based Artist Avery R. Young activates the Hall Branch Library with an original performance in response to the One Book, One Chicago 2018-2019 selection, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick and the artwork Starry Night and the Astronauts by Alma Thomas.
Harriet Tubman has been called both an astronaut and futurist because of her ability to ready the sky, travel space, and see into the future. As a teenager Tubman, suffered a head injury at the hands of an overseer that resulted in lifelong headaches, seizures, and blackouts. It was during these blackouts Tubman said God would speak to her, and relay instructions for her work.
In reference to Starry Night and the Astronauts and using found text from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Mr. Young imagines what Harriet experienced in the dark - where did she go when she blacked out? Through the African-American hymn tradition, Young meditates over how the "starry night" can push a culture forward.
Presented by the Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago program and the Art Institute of Chicago.