ARTFUL PLUMAGE Zanzidae (1979), from the Peacock series.

All of these manifest Benglis's ongoing passion for intuitive, improvisational, process-driven art, but they lack the spark of her early poured paintings and lumps. In the later work, Benglis sculpts and shapes, and the forms she comes up with feel tediously predetermined. In the early work, she manufactured surprises by going with the flow.

Speaking of going with the flow, the Iron Guild comes to the Steel Yard (27 Sims Avenue, Providence) to present its fifth annual Halloween Iron Pour on Friday, October 29 at 7 pm. This year's theme is "Monster Mayhem," with music by the Empty House Cooperative. Admission is $7. Past years have drawn hundreds of people to watch the iron maniacs pour glowing molten metal down chutes and into pumpkins, wire beasts, and casts of bats, with explosions of sparks filling the night air. Let it be said: the thrill of this hellfire spectacular never gets old.

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