This Friday, Nov. 9, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, PennDesign, and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) collaborate to throw the “Paint the Dance Floor” evening party at the ICA. The celebration hosts arts alum, highlights the ongoing exhibitions “Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison” and “Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It,” and welcomes WXPN’s DJ Robert Drake to spin a New Wave mix.
The gathering follows a panel at the Arthur Ross Gallery that marks the 10th anniversary of Arts at Homecoming, exploring the future of museums at Penn by engaging representatives from the Penn Museum, the Arthur Ross Gallery, the Morris Arboretum, and the ICA. Bites and refreshments from Dock Street Brewery, Insomnia Cookies, Blue Coat Gin, and La Colombe will be available in the ICA lobby during the party; the event is free to attend.
Drake, a lifelong lover of radio and music who began working with WXPN more than three decades ago as a volunteer, discusses with Penn Today why the ’80s genre of music—his expertise—is such a fit for the collaborative Homecoming celebration at the Museum, the significance of visual arts in music, and why he thinks ’80s music can be a great unifier.