David Michalek: 14 Stations
March 20-April 26
ISm Gallery of Sacred Arts
Tuesday-Friday: 3 - 6PM
Weekends: Noon - 4PM
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thursday, april 4, 2013 | ISM Gallery of Sacred arts
4:30– 6:00 PM
David Michalek, Station Five: Simon Helps Christ Carry the Cross.
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
This work 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 tableaus were photographed. The oversize black-and-white photographs, mounted on backlit displays, were first exhibited in West Park Church in 2002.
The full exhibition is presented as "town hall" style gathering which has several components: Part I: visitors enter the space and browse the illuminated photographs; Part II: panel discussion and testimony (different people are brought in each time policy makers, homelessness experts, scholars as well as homeless individuals in whatever city the work is being shown; Part III: 14 Stations Performance including spoken word by project participants, live piano and projected images; Part IV: food and conversation. 14 Stations has been shown in a variety of cities in the New York State area including a three-month run at Brooklyn Museum(January-March 2005). The 14 Stations performance was presented by Emmanual Music in Boston in 2003 and in March 2005, was the subject of a collaborative project with the Brooklyn Philharmonic for their "Music Off the Walls" series. The work traveled to Yale Divinity School in the spring of 2006. The project as a whole has significantly raised the profile of the IAHH, energized its core constituents, and raised money for the organization. 14 Stations has resonated with audiences in a variety of diverse settings not only because it draws attention to the issue of homelessness, but also because of the way in which it features human beings finally rising above their everyday conditions.
The IAHH is committed to bearing witness to the dignity of all vulnerable people, particularly those who have been homeless, as well as to participate in the development of public policies which will serve to assist homeless people to secure needed social services, affordable housing, education, job training and adequate employment. Some members of the Assembly have developed personal stories of how they became homeless and recovered their independent lives. This group, which calls itself Speakers Bureau, seeks creative ways of finding their voices and presenting these stories to the public in a variety of settings such as schools, houses of worship and shelters.
14 Stations is made possible, in part, by funds from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Durfee Foundation, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the Jerome Foundation, and The New York State Council on the Arts.
Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing is located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025; (212) 316-3171.