Matthew Barney’s proposition will consider his current project in development: Ancient Evenings. As part of this program, Barney will share the storyboards for the seven-act performance and video sequences from acts that have already been performed.
Ancient Evenings is a seven-act opera loosely based on Norman Mailer’s eponymous 1983 novel set in Egypt, and is currently in development by Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler. Each act of the opera chronicles one of the seven stages that the soul passes through after death of the body. Remaining true to the original theme of rebirth and reincarnation, Ancient Evenings recasts the central myth of Isis and Osiris in a contemporary industrial landscape, in which Barney has replaced the human body with the body of the 1967 Chrysler Imperial that was the central motif from his earlier film Cremaster 3.
The structure of Propositions is as follows:
Friday, 7PM: Initial proposition and lecture
Saturday, 12PM: Discussion with Dr. Michael K. Bartalos & Gabe Bartalos