Milton’s Hell, a Prequel to Genesis / Kathryn Lenz’ paintings and video inspired by Milton’s origin story for Hell, Sin and Death.
OPENING RECEPTIONS at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum duluthkarpelesmuseum.org
Tuesday April 3 at 7 p.m. Speaker Dr. Karmen Lenz presents the video Milton’s Hell in Voice & Image
Sunday April 8 at 2 p.m. (2:30 showing of Milton’s Hell in Voice & Image, 3 pm concert by Sam Black & Friends: Music of Rebellion and Divine Creation)
Free and open to the public.
“Milton’s Hell,” Multi-media Events Scheduled at the Karpeles Museum April 3rd marks the opening of an innovative multimedia art and video exhibit “Milton’s Hell, a Prequel to Genesis” at Karpeles Museum. Twelve original paintings by local artist Kathryn Lenz inspired by scenes from Milton’s Paradise Lost, along with a dramatic video, help contemporary audiences experience the beauty and impact of Milton’s poetry in the spirit of early readers. At 7pm English Professor Karmen Lenz, Middle Georgia State University, will give an introductory gallery talk followed by a showing of the video “Milton’s Hell in Voice and Image”. The video merges Kathryn Lenz’s paintings with dramatic reading of Milton’s vivid language describing the origins of humankind’s epic struggle between good and evil. Through Satan’s rebellion and ambitious plans to drag humankind down with him, Milton dramatizes obedience to God’s will as a human choice, a central teaching in the Christian imagination of Puritans and the founding fathers. The video presents these scenes to match a reading of powerful passages from the poem. On Sunday, April 8th at 2:30pm, the video will be shown again, followed by a chamber concert as part of Karpeles’ Coffee, Cake, and Chamber Music Series. Sam Black and Friends will play music inspired by Milton’s epic.
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from The McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds. In collaboration with Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 902 East First Street, Duluth, MN 55805 duluthkarpelesmuseum.org 218-728-0630