The old party question goes, “If you could have dinner with one famous person, who would it be?” Well, painter Alex Bigney got that wish, as he was visited by eccentric scientist Nikola Tesla during the waning years of the man’s life. The book Talking to Tesla: An Artist’s Dream Journal is the result, telling the story of their numerous conversations, with their divergences into art, science and human consciousness—and moreover, the dreams behind the discoveries.
Bigney will discuss the book at a fund-raiser for the Entrada Institute, which is dedicated to wilderness preservation in southern Utah. Local ensemble Kirkmount—performing on traditional Scottish instruments and previously featured on the soundtrack to Ken Burns’ documentary series, National Parks—will provide music. Duncan Metcalfe, celebrated Utah anthropologist and author will receive the Institute’s Ward Roylance Award, and University of Utah professor and longtime Entrada board member Francis Camoin will be given the Friends of Entrada award.
Alex Bigney: Talking to Tesla @ Westminster College Gore School of Business, 1840 S. 1300 East, 435-425-2118, Saturday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.