Intersecting ancient rites and contemporary sculpture, artist Tim Brown brings community engagement from the historical context to our modern world in a ceremony that combines music, dance, and audience participation.
This Thursday, August 6th at 11:30am in Oppenstein Park, multimedia artist Tim Brown presents Pileus.
As a group, downtown community volunteers will join artist Tim Brown to erect and wrap a sculpture in Oppenstein Park to music in a way similar to Maypole ceremonies held throughout Europe. Passers by will be encouraged to put on a pileus and engage the wrapping of the large sculpture with strips of plastic wrap, all the while joining in dance and song.
The pileus was a cap that was part of an ancient Roman ceremony that would free slaves from their masters. In this ceremony, the Roman slave owner would tap the slave on the shoulder with the ceremonial stick, shave the slave’s head, and give them a pileus as a replacement for their head of hair. Freed slaves would then wear the pileus to show the people of Rome their newfound liberation from slavery. Through this performance, the artist wishes to invoke a similar sense of freedom, liberation, and a movement towards auspicious new beginnings.
Tim Brown is an Oklahoma-born sculptor, drawer, and writer who transplanted to Kansas City from Los Angeles in the Summer of 2013. He’s currently a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Resident, and will be participating in Chicago’s Terrain Biennial this August. In addition to his individual practice, Brown also exhibits with art collective Okay Mountain, who will be showing work at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles this September.
Art in the Loop
This performance is part of the 2015 Art in the Loop Project. Visit www.artintheloop.com to learn about additional performances and our temporary installations. Check our social media outlets for regular updates, Facebook.com/ArtintheLoop and @ArtintheLoop.
The 2015 Art in the Loop project is presented with the support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, ArtsKC, the Downtown Council of Kansas City and our generous corporate sponsors.