Best Experience: “Let the Sun Set on You,” Malcolm Peacock at Druid Hill Park

Whatever we call Malcolm Peacock’s art (not an art show, nor a performance), this event, commissioned by curatorial project Rose Arcade, was in part a slow-moving collective meditation on empathy and the death of Thomas Cummings, a black boy whose 1953 drowning prompted the NAACP to pressure the city to integrate the municipal pools. Some things that stick in our minds from this evening that 50 or so of us experienced together: reading about Thomas through something his sibling wrote; deer in the park; watching the sun set behind tennis courts; very golden, cool evening air; sitting on the former “blacks only” pool steps for a Q&A with tennis players who’ve been coming to Druid Hill Park since segregation was the rule; the cinematic non-end to this event, on the tennis courts, bright orange lights backlighting the pitter patter of tennis players volleying back and forth.

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