On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7pm, PictureBox will host an event at Blonde Art Books for the release of their newest publication:
Sun Ra + Ayé Aton: Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972
The celebration will include a slide show and conversation between John Corbett and David Grubbs, and then Grubbs will perform some music. A selection of artwork will be exhibited especially for the event.
This is a very special book of never-before-seen photographs compiled by Sun Ra-expert Corbett. We decided to try and make this volume into an object that transports you to Ra’s world circa 1972 x infinity.
Half of the photos in this book are of interior, space-themed murals made by Ra-colleague and musician Ayé Aton — spectacularly weird and beautiful in their 1970s supersaturated color. From the same period, a cache of never-published photographs taken on location in Oakland for the film Space is the Place, features Ra in full regalia, wearing outrageous and beautiful Egyptian costumes. A rare glimpse behind the scenes of the architect of Afrofuturism.
Below are images from the event. Photographs by Gwen Rodgerson and Sonel Breslav.