Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery to acquire Bill Viola's ‘Martyrs’ exhibit

At the mercy of the elements: Earth Martyr, Air Martyr, Fire Martyr and Water Martyr, by Bill Viola
ROCHESTER---The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 500 University Ave., will exhibit its latest acquisition and exhibition in its three-year Media Arts Watch program, “Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)” on Oct. 11-July 2018. MAG is the only institution, public or private, in the U.S. to own this ambitious installation, which is regarded as one of the artist’s most powerful and significant works to date. Originally commissioned by London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and unveiled in 2014, “Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)” is composed of four HD, flat-screen monitors, each featuring a single figure who sustains the impact of one of the four classical elements. The four moving images are synchronized and unfold together to create a coherent whole. “Martyrs” is rooted in art historical and religious iconography. [More]