“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” —Muriel Rukeyser
At roughly 1:30 Friday afternoon, December 19th, my path changed direction. Not dramatically—that comes later—just slightly. It was one of those personal moments I’ll recall years later and wonder whether it was a good thing. For at least three years, I’ve wanted to revisit the Agincourt exhibit of 2007, to tie a few loose ends and, as you might not imagine, loosen a couple knots. Now I have that chance.
About this time in 2010, I thought I had a venue for Agincourt Redux, an exhibit tentatively called “Homecoming,” but that opportunity evaporated in a very sad way. During the next year a second window closed, but Friday I was offered a slot in the exhibition schedule at the Rourke Art Museum, the place where it all began: in September-October 2015, Agincourt will be a genuine homecoming.
“Be careful what you ask for [they say] because you just might get it.” Instead, I’m going with Archimedes: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” Well, not the whole world; just a fragment of northwest Iowa.
The exhibit will be installed in early September and have a soft opening simultaneous with a main gallery exhibit of work by Jeff Freeman. Our big “ta-da” will be its closing on Sunday afternoon, October 25th, 2015. Circle that on your calendar, please, and plan to be there if at all possible. There’ll be a lot of activities, music, etc., for that day is the actual 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.
Somehow, the stars are in alignment and I’m sensing too much of a good thing.