Reception for David Michalek: 14 Stations
ISM Gallery of Sacred Arts
4:30– 6:00 PM
New York-based David Michalek is an artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of his works, on both a large and small scale, in a range of mediums. His work has been shown nationally and internationally with recent public art and solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the LA Music Center, Harvard University, Sadler’s Wells, Trafalgar Square, Opera Bastille, Venice Bienniale, The Kitchen, Lincoln Center, and the Edinburgh Festival at Summerhall with the Richard DeMarco Foundation, as well as previously at Yale. He has collaborated on the visual art component of two staged works with Peter Sellars: Kafka Fragments, presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s 2005-2006 season; and St. François d’Assise, presented at the Salzburg Festival and Paris Opera. Other film and video work for theater includes collaborations with the Tallis Scholars; John Malpede and L.A.P.D.; and with the Brooklyn Philharmonic for the Brooklyn Museum’s “Music off the Walls” series.
About 14 Stations
14 Stations was made in collaboration with men and women transitioning out of homelessness and who are affiliates of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing (IAHH), a non-profit organization located at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The project is modeled on the traditional devotional, The Stations of the Cross. Members of the group enacted each Station, with a different man or woman assuming the role of the Christ figure in each. The resulting tableaux were photographed. The oversize black-and-white photographs, mounted on backlit displays, were first exhibited in West Park Church in 2002.