Andrea Moores Good Grief may be the culmination of her six-week residency at PlatteForum, but its been a lot longer than that in the making.
The death of my father is the underlying theme that goes through the whole piece, she explains of the work shes done. Its been a five-year process from when he told me he was dying up until today. The result is a multi-faceted installation that builds upon the story (in poetry form) of scattering her fathers ashes a long, drawn-out deal that involves three continents and incorporates both the observations and emotions that Moore collected along the way. Also included are portraits of Ugandan AIDS orphans and the cultural approaches to grief she learned from them; father-daughter photos from the 77 weddings shes shot since her fathers death; an 8x10 grief graph that quantified my pain, Moore says, and many other facets of her grieving.
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At the presentation of Good Grief tonight and tomorrow night, Moore will be accompanied by kids from the Joan Farley Academy with whom she worked during her residency; theyll offer their own poems at 6:30 p.m., with Moore taking the stage at 7. The program is free; PlatteForum is at 1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 135. For more information, call 303-893-0791 or visit www.platteforum.org.
Mondays-Fridays, 12-4 p.m. Starts: March 3. Continues through March 25, 2011