The exhibition: “History’s Shadow,” photographs of X-rays of sculptural antiquities, by David Maisel ’84.
Dates and location: April 3 through May 10, at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York City.
The artist: Maisel is a San Francisco-based photographer. His photographs, multi-media projects, and public installations are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.
The show, from the press release: “The exhibitionʼs title comes from a project of the same name, inspired by the artistʼs residency at the Getty Research Institute, during which time he re-photographed X-rays of sculptural antiquities culled from the museumʼs conservation archives. According to Maisel, ‘Historyʼs Shadow’ refers ‘both to the literal images that the X-rays create as they are re-photographed, and to the metaphorical content informed by the past from which these objects derive.’” In addition to “History’s Shadow,” the exhibition includes works from Maisel’s “Library of Dust” series, in which he photographed copper canisters containing cremated remains of patients from a psychiatric hospital.