Not-So-Fast Last Judgement : Transposing the Sistine to Philadelphia in 2019

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Not-So-Fast Last Judgement : Transposing the Sistine to Philadelphia in 2019

October 6, 2019 - October 27, 2019

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Sunday, October 20th, 2-5pm

Sunday, October 20th, 2-5pm

Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, above the altar in the Sistine Chapel, dramatically presents belief in the Second Coming- the final and eternal judgement by God of all humanity: The good are being raised from their graves and welcomed to heaven, the bad are being condemned to hell.

John Pron’s Last Judgement presents a much more nuanced, much more complicated moment- staged well before this decisive celestial event. It is more about journeying through life today, not about anticipating the ultimate destination. But this everyday earth is increasingly one of chaos and turmoil. Problems and threats- local, national and global- are overtaking an increasingly cynical, divided and insensitive populace: global warming, the opioid crisis, gun violence, nuclear bombs, growing income inequality, unresolved immigration, bigotry. Where to turn for help? People have lost faith in so many formerly revered institutions; prayer alone is utterly too passive. How can one become personally responsible right now to help this human race- festering in troubled disorder- survive on this planet?

The Not-So-Fast Last Judgement (9-feet high and 14’ long and comprised of 28 interconnected drawings on one wall) is part of a site-specific installation, meant to be a place of quiet contemplation, a setting to meditate on the diversity of this world- peoples young, old, white, black, Asian, wealthy, homeless, neighbors and strangers. The other walls of this “secular sanctum” are a call to action: what can one poor architect do to raise awarenesses and propose solutions? Just as important, what can you do?


October 6, 2019
October 27, 2019
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Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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