September 29 - December 1, 2017; January 26 - March 16, 2018; April 5 - June 16, 2018
This exhibition celebrates Michael Mazur’s ambitious 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.
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.