The Burning Boards

Conceptual artist Glenn Kaino

Friday, April 24
7:30 p.m. 
Outside the Rose Art Museum (rain or shine)

No tickets required.

The New England premiere of The Burning Boards brings together figures from the worlds of art and chess for an unforgettable chess competition. Thirty-two players, novice and expert, will compete using chess pieces made from burning candles, in a performance imbued with a sense of urgency as well as deliberation. As the pieces melt, shrink, and even become stuck to the board, opponents may choose to cooperate rather than let the flames get the best of them.

“No matter what level of chess player you are, the fire becomes a meditation in a different way,” says conceptual artist Glenn Kaino, the creator of The Burning Boards.

The Festival of the Arts performance brings local players, artists and thinkers together on the site of Chris Burden’s sculpture Light of Reason—itself a grand structure that suggests a game board—to literally illuminate the darkness where the lamplight fades. Together, the performance and its setting exemplify the theme of this year’s festival: Find Your Light.

Sponsored by the Office of the Arts, the Rose Art Museum and the Brandeis Chess Club. Photo (c) Austin Fuller, courtesy World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis.

> Read Glenn Kaino's biography

> See photos of "The Burning Boards" at the Chess World Hall of Fame

Questions? Contact Hannah Jones, manager of Museum administration and special events at the Rose Art Museum, at 781-736-3434.