Unariun artists Kevin Kennedy and Paula Rich-Greenwood will be traveling to Baltimore, Maryland at the end of September to represent Unarius at the media and opening previews of The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). Unarius artwork and more will be featured in this exhibition that opens October 4 and will run through August 30, 2015. The AVAM is the first nationally recognized museum dedicated to visionary, self-taught art, so Unarius’ inspirational artwork is a perfect fit! Guest curator Jodi Wille and AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger have “assembled a diverse and wildly transcendent collection of artists, scientists, philosophers, and spiritual pioneers who have ventured straight to the source of inspiration itself.” Read more about this exhibition on AVAM’s website.
Jodie Wille visited the center last February to photograph paintings by Unariun artists and several of Uriel’s costumes to be considered for the exhibition. We were thrilled that four paintings (see below) and the Peacock Princess of Atlantis cape were selected. Additionally, photographs of the Cosmic Generator, the Unarius Space Cad, and Unariuns dressed in costume for an event held in 1979 (see below) at the center were chosen to showcase inspirational works. The museum director was so impressed by the Cosmic Generator that it is not only featured on the AVAM website, but also on the exhibition program cover! Jodie being a filmmaker herself (The Source Family, 2012) wanted to make sure museum visitors were introduced to Unarius films and videos, another form of creative expression. So visitors will be able to watch footage from The Arrival, combined with footage of Uriel speaking on creativity and the true source of inspiration, in the Unarius exhibit area. This video can be viewed on Unarius’ YouTube channel.
The Peacock Princess of Atlantis cape was created by a Unarius seamstress in the early 80s for Uriel to wear during filming. According to a short article in the Pictorial Tour book, the cape originally had 800 peacock feather eyes glued on it. But after so many years, the peacock feathers were deteriorating and falling off. Unariun artist and seamstress Billie McIntyre removed all the old feathers and 740 new peacock eyes were individually glued on. The art shipping company workers that picked up Unarius’ exhibition items three weeks ago handled the cape with great care, hanging it in their van and then
covering it with plastic. They said a special container would be created for the cape at their warehouse in San Diego, and the paintings would be crated in preparation for transport by truck to the museum in Baltimore.
Museum staff notified us last week that the shipping company did an excellent packing job and everything had arrived safely. As stated in their email: “We are very excited to be working with this fascinating collection!”
How fantastic that thousands of people will be able to learn about Unarius through the exhibition—the museum has over 100,000 visitors a year!