Saturn Dreaming of Mercury: Art and the Trickster Spirit


An exhibition curated by Sage Rogers

April 1-April 30, 2009
Schwartz Gallery, Brandeis University

Reception and gallery talk by Sage Rogers: Wednesday, April 1 from 5;00-6:00 p.m.

The opening is followed by the symposium, "Arresting Moments: Wonder and the Pedagogy of the Imagination" in the Rose Art Museum at 6:30 pm.


The exhibition title is inspired by Lewis Hyde's discussion of Italo Calvino's characterization of the mythological figures Saturn and Mercury:

‘I am a Saturn who dreams of being a Mercury, and everything I write reflects these two impulses,’ he says. Saturn is the slow worker, the one who can build a coin collection and label all the envelopes in a neat script, the one who will rewrite a paragraph eleven times to get the rhythm right. Saturn can finish a four hundred page book. But he tends to get depressed if that is all he does; he needs regular Mercurial insight to give him something delicious to work on. “