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Michael Mazur's L'Inferno di Dante

Two black and white prints. On left the print shows a architectural feature with columns and roof, there are white abstracted figures placed as if floating vertically through the space. On right, print depicts a tall tower in an abstracted landscape.

Two black and white prints. On left the print shows a architectural feature with columns and roof, there are white abstracted figures placed as if floating vertically through the space. On right, print depicts a tall tower in an abstracted landscape.

September 29 - December 1, 2017; January 26 - March 16, 2018; April 5 - June 16, 2018

This exhibition celebrates Michael Mazur’s ambitous portfolio L’inferno di Dante (1994-2000) – a collection of forty-one captivating etchings that depict a harrowing vision.

Responding to Dante Aligheri's Inferno (from The Divine Comedy, 1320), and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's 1994 English translation, Mazur offers visually dense black-and-white prints that layer rich texture, technical detail, and nuanced meaning. Unlike other artist renditions of the Inferno, Mazur chooses to place the viewer in first-person perspective as we are the travelers themselves. We see Dante's world as if we are seeing through his eyes.

Each etching is paired with the portion of the canto it depicts printed on vellum in both the original Italian and Pinsky’s translation.

 

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of University Art.      University Art logo with large letter U in blue with green bar across it with the word Art in below below, as well as full name in blue

 

 

Image: Michael Mazur, Canto IV: Limbo and Canto VIII: La Torre - Flegias (The Tower - Phlegyas), from the portfolio L’Inferno di Dante, 1994-2000, etchings, edition 16/50, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Gift of Smith Andersen Editions, Estate of Paula Kirkeby, 2016.14.14. © Michael Mazur; Courtesy of the estate of the artist; RYAN LEE Gallery, New York; and Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston.

Sep 1, 2017

Opening Reception

September 28, 2017

Join us for the opening reception of Michael Mazur's L'Inferno di Dante

6:00-7:00 p.m. - Member Preview

7:00-8:30 p.m. - Public Opening Reception

At this time we will also celebrate the opening of the fall exhibition (Re)Writing the Narrative.

This event is free.