Dell’Arte International presents Bird of the Inner Eye, readings from the letters of painter Morris Graves (1910 – 2001).
Performance at 7 PM, with admission by pay-what-you-can.
Dell’Arte’s Joan Schirle conducts the readings, sourced from Graves’ letters and archives, with a cast of Dell’Arte Company members and local actors. This “theatre of place” event includes dance improvisations by choreographer and Dell'Arte faculty member Laura Muñoz.
“I became fascinated by Graves as a resister,” said Schirle. “During WWII he spent 11 months in the stockade at Camp Roberts, California, for refusing to join the army. He resisted not only war, he resisted the degradation of our planet and the deadening of our senses to beauty. Through painting he communicated his anguish over the loss of our humanity as we plunder the earth. He inspires me to ask myself as an artist, how I can best take part in resistance using the gifts I have?”
Some of Graves’ most powerful paintings came out of his experience as a conscientious objector. Many works of that early 40’s period use birds as symbols, including Bird of the Inner Eye, Falcon of the Inner Eye, and Little-Known Bird of the Inner Eye (1941) in NY’s Museum of Modern Art. Though symbolic, his paintings were nonetheless based on intensive observation and love of the natural world.