Oct 4th 2017

The Ralph Arnold Gallery is proud to present:

Checks and Balances
by Erik Peterson in collaboration with Kirsten Hedegaard and the Loyola Chamber Choir.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at 4:30pm

A simple performance between two distinct choirs, one singing the word “Checks” and the other “Balances” as they roam across campus, becomes a meditation on the nature of the body politic in relation to the student body and the role of religion, science and higher education in a secular society. The choirs move slowly – between libraries and the chapel, down cascading stairways and by crashing waves, across common greens and through tunnel-like viaducts – at times coming together, at times moving apart. This performance is accompanied by a neon sculpture that stays lit in the gallery window, referencing the ubiquitous neon signs seen across the country in check-cashing stores, reflects both the tenuous nature of the American project of self-rule through the lens of businesses that thrive on the usury of people living at the margins of American society. In this performance, the weekly ritual of going to church and cashing a check are called forth as a call-and-response for our contemporary moment, which asks more questions than has answers.

*This performance is part of Body Work, curated by Betsy Odom and Rafael E. Vera, currently in view at the Ralph Arnold Gallery until Oct. 13th.

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