On Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 5:30–7 p.m., the Wagner Free Institute of Science will unveil a new exhibit about the history of lighting and electricity. The opening and reception will feature special guest and Pew Fellow, poet CAConrad, who will read from his latest book of poems and lead guests through a writing exercise featuring the Wagner.
The exhibit and Conrad's work were developed as part of a recently launched project to comprehensively upgrade the Wagner's antique electrical system. In 2011, the Wagner received a preservation planning grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to support the planning phase of the project. The electrical upgrade will make our National Historic Landmark building more energy efficient and will enhance lighting throughout the building—especially in the museum.
CAConrad, a 2011 Pew Fellow in the Arts, created a (Soma)tic exercise to inspire people to write their own poems about the Wagner, light, and "fear of the dark." What is a "(Soma)tic exercise," you ask? On Wednesday, Conrad will explain exactly what it is, as well as read some of his own (Soma)tic poems.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is located at 1700 West Montgomery Avenue in Philadelphia.