Unearthing The Icon

Unearthing The Icon 2020 Museum Exhibit and Performance

by Lisa Anita Wegner & Natalie Kurdyla

Unearthing The Icon Exhibit Two illuminated text pages about The Icon and a mysterious Icon Oracle Card have been unearthed and will be displayed to the world for the first time on three plinths with red satin cushions. The Institute of Historical Unworldly Artifacts will allow a small number of VIP guests to be able to interact with the sacred objects. (Proposed to Workman Arts Rendezvous With Madness 2020)

Unearthing The Icon Performance Performers dressed as Docents and Security Guards request silence to bring the Illuminated Text fragments into a space, to be enjoyed in complete silence by one patron at a time; each viewer will be required to wear white gloves to handle the objects. (Proposed to Workman Arts Rendezvous With Madness)

*Intangible Adorations has been with Rendezvous With Madness since 2018. Before departing on a European tour, the artist has plans to celebrate with an immersive performance during the opening night party of Rendezvous With Madness 2020. This performance will be put on by the Performance Art Salon of Workman Arts.


Presented by the Institute of Historical and Unworldly Artifacts


When the Galilean moons--Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto--were discovered by Galileo Galilei and Simon Marius in 1610, it would be another 282 years before more satellites were observed. With accelerated discoveries during the 20th century, and into the 21st, Jupiter has 79 known moons with many more minor moons likely to exist.

The marvel of Jupiter’s many satellites lies not only in their plenitude: there are ruins scattered among them, as if stormswept. And among those ruins, fragments. Faint traces that speak of a shrouded figure, the Queen of Jupiter, and her fall at a full moon and subsequent rise at the turn of a new moon. From the items unearthed and exhibited currently--two mysterious cards and what appears to be a page from a longer text--we are offered glimpses of a sovereign quite possibly half-mad, caught in the lunacy of the planet’s many moons. They call her Icon.

Who is the Queen of Jupiter, then? What is her fall and her rise? What truths will be discovered among her moons?

The Institute of Historical and Unworldly Artifacts has generously loaned us their discoveries during the ongoing excavation of Jupiter’s satellites, to welcome you on a journey of unearthing the icon. *Sample museum text