he exhibition repositions art into a context in which it does what it is intended to do. We’ve built a chapel-like space, reminiscent of an orthodox Christian format. The art objects inside the chapel serve a ritual purpose, the images and sculptures are tools, and the intention is for the space to begin functioning with the same spiritual coordination and orderliness, using the contemporary and updated versions of liturgical machinery, that we see in an archaic shrine. Much of the work addresses the spiritual within a lexicon that 21st Century citizens of a largely agnostic society can accept. But some pieces are overtly spiritual and are motivated by a desire to create the space of a chapel through saintly portraiture and historical or narrative imagery. The show is anchored by selection of 17th and 18th century Russian and Romanian icons from Tabacaru’s family collection.
- This event has passed.