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‘Youth spectacle’ transforms nature museum

The Redmoon Youth Spectacle, a massive “spectacle art” installation created by hundreds of Chicago students, takes over the south gallery and terrace of the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum for four nights this week.

Some 750 young people, including CPS students and residents of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, worked with Redmoon‘s Neighborhood Arts Program to design, create, engineer and perform a series of interpretations of their experience of Chicago’s urban ecology.

Redmoon shared the tools of the spectacle art for which it is known, including puppetry, gadgetry, surreal contraptions, acrobatics, sound installation and shadow animation, said Sean Kaplan.  Kids love it, he said.

Installations that were constructed at community sites are being transported to the museum, and about 60 kids are participating in performances which will transform the installations into a “living exhibition.”   Performances take place hourly between 6 and 9 p.m., Wednesday May 18 through Friday the 20th.  A 6:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday, May 17 is followed by a panel discussion by artists and educators.

Admission is $10, $3 for students, $25 for a family of five.  The Notebart Museum is at 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park.

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