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Apr 09 2013

The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Hosts Major Exhibition Of South African Artist Jane Alexander

The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine
Hosts Major Exhibition Of South African Artist Jane Alexander

Exhibition is the first North American showing of Alexander’s works.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 18 through Monday, July 29, 2013
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, limited access on Sundays

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan

African Adventure (detail), Photo: Mark Lewis

African Adventure (detail), Photo: Mark Lewis

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, together with the Museum for African Art, New York, presents Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope), an exhibition of tableaux, sculptures, and photomontages by South African artist Jane Alexander, Thursday, April 18 – Monday, July 29, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.

This site-specific exhibition allows audiences to experience the familiarity and mutability of Alexander’s universe. Her human-animal hybrid sculptures and dramatic installations speak of lasting disfigurations in her native South Africa, yet raise issues about human nature that resonate with viewers internationally. Acting as a nonjudgmental surveyor, Alexander maps the forces, interests, and passions at play in human behavior. Her work reveals the disparity felt around the world between the rhetoric of peace and decorum and the unruly human capacity for oppression and violence, throwing into relief the asymmetric relations and practices that preclude access for so many people to a free and dignified existence.

Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope) is guest curated by Pep Subirós.

The exhibition is organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and presented in collaboration with the Cathedral. It is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and Macy’s.