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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Jul. 28, 2008

Contact: Jaime Winne Alvarez
Phone: (315) 443-3784
jlwinne@syr.edu

‘Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth’ opens Aug. 12 at SUArt Galleries;
exhibition runs through Oct. 19 and includes works never before seen in the United States

Exhibition of original drawings and writings by Renaissance master and his contemporaries
organized by Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, in association with SU

Beginning Aug.12, an exhibition of original drawings and writings by Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), some never before seen in the United States, opens at the SUArt Galleries located in the Shaffer Art Building at Syracuse University. “Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth” runs through Oct. 19 and is free and open to the public. Complete information is available by visiting the official exhibition website at http://michelangelo.syr.edu.

“Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth” is organized by Dottoressa Pina Ragionieri, guest curator and director of the Casa Buonarroti, Florence, Italy, in association with Gary Radke, scholarly advisor and professor of fine arts in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Domenic Iacono, director of the SUArt Galleries and the Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at SU’s Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City. Following its Syracuse showing, the exhibition opens Nov. 4 at the Palitz Gallery, where it will be on display through Jan. 4, 2009.

Sculptor of the “David” in Florence and painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and fresco of “The Last Judgment” at the Vatican, Michelangelo was a renowned poet, patriot, architect, anatomist, military engineer and entrepreneur—a true Renaissance man.

The exhibition explores multiple facets of Michelangelo’s life, art and reputation with more than 25 works by the master and artists contemporary to him, including 14 original works by Michelangelo chosen to illustrate the broad range of his interests and creative activities. Figural studies associated with the Sistine Chapel and other paintings appear alongside original architectural plans and sketches of ancient Roman monuments. Printed books complement autograph examples of the artist’s poetry. Eight of the Michelangelo works in the exhibition—five drawings, including “Study for a Gate” and “Christ in Limbo,” and three manuscript pages—have never been seen in this country.

By most accounts, there are fewer than a dozen drawings and no paintings or sculpture by Michelangelo in current American art collections. The drawings in the exhibition temporarily more than double the number of Michelangelo works in the United States, presenting a unique opportunity for audiences who have never seen his original work. Additional works by artists Leone Leoni, Marcello Venusti, Giorgio Ghisi and others illustrate the homage paid to the master during his lifetime.

Pope Pius IV asked Michelangelo to design a new city gate to be named the Porta Pia, after the Pope. The exhibition includes a life-size replica of the historic archway, built and installed in the gallery to complement the artist’s drawing for a city gateway that will be on display. Michelangelo was 86 when he drew the gateway, yet his vigor hardly seems diminished. The drawing in the exhibition may be one of many designs Michelangelo made for the project. Sources claim that after the Pope responded favorably to Michelangelo’s designs for the Porta Pia, he took up the idea of restoring other gates of the city. The drawing in the exhibition includes two different ideas; Michelangelo first considers a round arched pediment before turning to a triangular one.

A comprehensive and fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, written and edited by Ragionieri, will be published by the SUArt Galleries and distributed by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The catalogue—featuring essays by Iacono, Ragionieri and colleagues in Italy—will be available for purchase through the gallery store, the SU Bookstore and select bookstores nationwide. Complete information and a list of bookstores will be available on the exhibition website. For information on the catalogue, visit http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14486.html.

Principal support for the exhibition has been provided by SU alumna Louise Beringer Palitz and her husband, Bernard G. Palitz. Significant funding has also been provided by TIAA-CREF, Susan and Washburn S. Oberwager ’68, United Technologies Corp. and its business unit the Carrier Corp., the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Special events, lectures and tours
The SUArt Galleries will host an opening night reception from 6–8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The reception is free and open to the public; however, R.S.V.P.s are required; contact the gallery at (315) 443-4097. The gallery will also host a public lecture and guided tours of the exhibition on Thursday, Aug. 21, as part of Syracuse’s citywide art open Third Thursday (Th3). Radke will present the lecture at 5 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium, located in the Shaffer Art Building. Tours will begin in the gallery at 6 p.m. Patrons are welcome to view the exhibition until the gallery closes at 8 p.m.

In addition, a series of lectures, concerts and special events, and a symposium, “Rethinking Michelangelo,” will complement the Syracuse showing of the exhibition. Celebrated musicians and distinguished scholars will explore the life, works and fame of the Renaissance genius. Featured guests include award-winning soprano Anita Johnson, the Schola Cantorum of Syracuse and William Edward Wallace, the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University, among others. For information on the symposium and a complete calendar of events, visit the exhibition website and click on “Rethinking Michelangelo” and “Calendar.”

The gallery will offer one guided tour per day that is open to the public and free of charge. Trained docents will also be available to give guided tours of the exhibition. Advance booking for docent-guided tours is required, and some fees apply. Tour lengths vary depending on interest and specialization but generally last no longer than 45 minutes. Materials for self-guided tours, including MP3s with didactic information related to the exhibition, are available for download by clicking “Education” on the exhibition website. iPods and MP3 players will be permitted in the gallery to access and listen to this data.

All group visits must be scheduled in advance with the SUArt Galleries. Forms are available by clicking on “Tours and Groups” on the exhibition website. A gallery staff member will contact groups to discuss tour requests. All payments must be received at least two weeks in advance. Tour tickets are BOCES-aidable for school districts that subscribe to the Oswego BOCES Regional Arts-In-Education CoSer. See the exhibition website for further details.

Visitor information
Gallery hours for “Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth” are Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Additional hours are available by appointment and can be arranged by contacting the gallery at 443-4097. The gallery is universally accessible.

Paid parking is available for weekday visitors in any SU pay lot. Free parking for weekend and evening visitors is available in the Q4 lot located on College Place. Patrons should notify the attendant that they are visiting the SUArt Galleries. Evening and weekend parking is on a space available basis and may be restricted during events held at the Carrier Dome.

Patrons attending “Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth” are encouraged to ride Centro’s Connective Corridor Shuttle Bus (Centro Route # 543) to visit the SUArt Galleries. The shuttle stops at all marked Centro bus stops along the Connective Corridor and is free. The Connective Corridor Shuttle will begin service for the Fall 2008 semester on Thursday, Aug. 14, and will run every Thursday from 5–11:40 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:40 a.m.–11:40 p.m. For more information and for shuttle schedule, visit http://connectivecorridor.syr.edu.

The SUArt Galleries strives to provide the best possible environment for art appreciation and scholarly development. No photography will be allowed in exhibition spaces. For approved, press-ready images, visit the exhibition website and click on “Press.”

The SUArt Galleries enhances the cultural environment of SU and the Syracuse area through meaningful educational experiences and encounters with the University’s permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. It is the main campus venue for the visual arts and home for the University’s extensive permanent collection, and hosts a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions in its nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. The SUArt Galleries and the Palitz Gallery are members of SU’s Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC).

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008

Contact: Jaime Winne Alvarez
Phone: (315) 443-3784
jlwinne@syr.edu

Ruth Kaplan
Phone: (212) 826-1444
rekaplan@syr.edu

Syracuse University to present major Michelangelo exhibition in Syracuse and New York City in fall 2008; will include several works never before seen in United States

Organized by the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, in association with SU, exhibition will run Aug. 12-Oct. 19 at the SUArt Galleries in Syracuse and Nov. 4-Jan. 4, 2009, at the Palitz Gallery in New York City

Syracuse University today announced that the SUArt Galleries in Syracuse and the Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at SU's Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City will jointly present the exhibition "Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth" this coming fall. The exhibition will include more than a dozen original drawings and writings by the Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), some never before seen in the United States.

"Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth" is organized by Dottoressa Pina Ragionieri, guest curator and director of the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, in association with Gary Radke, scholarly advisor and professor of fine arts in The College of Arts and Sciences at SU, and Domenic Iacono, director of the SUArt Galleries and the Palitz Gallery. The show runs Aug. 12-Oct. 19 at the SUArt Galleries on the Syracuse University campus and Nov. 4, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009, at the Palitz Gallery, 11 E. 61st St., Manhattan.

Sculptor of the colossal statue "David" in Florence and painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and large fresco "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, Michelangelo was also a renowned poet, patriot, architect, anatomist, military engineer and entrepreneur-a true Renaissance man. As such, the exhibition will explore multiple facets of Michelangelo's life, art and reputation.

The exhibition will feature more than 25 works by Michelangelo and artists contemporary to him, including 14 original works by Michelangelo chosen to illustrate the broad range of his interests and creative activities. Figural studies associated with the Sistine Chapel and other paintings will appear along with original architectural plans and sketches of ancient Roman monuments. Printed books complement autograph examples of the artist's poetry. Eight of the Michelangelo works in the exhibition (five drawings and three manuscript pages) have never been seen in the United States. Works by Leone Leoni, Marcello Venusti, Giorgio Ghisi and others are included in the exhibition to show the homage paid to the master during his lifetime.

"To bring the myth of Michelangelo across the Atlantic, together with the centuries-long memories of the Casa Buonarroti, is truly an emotional experience," says guest curator Ragionieri. "But to speak to the citizens of Syracuse and New York City about a sublime protagonist of the Italian Renaissance by means of his life as a man and artist—as well as offer some of his splendid drawings for their admiration—is also a great responsibility. I am happy and proud to arrange this important rendezvous and hope to have found the appropriate way in this exhibition to communicate the superhuman dimension of Michelangelo's creative adventure."

By most accounts, there are fewer than a dozen drawings and no paintings or sculpture by Michelangelo in current American art collections. The drawings in the exhibition will, temporarily, more than double the number of Michelangelo works in the United States, presenting a unique opportunity for audiences who have never seen his original work.

"This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore the many sides of Michelangelo's career. As such, it will educate students and the public alike to broaden their appreciation and understanding of this great Renaissance genius," says Radke. "I constantly urge my students to study abroad, especially in Italy, because there is simply no substitute for seeing works of art firsthand. Now, countless members of the American public will be able to examine and appreciate Michelangelo's drawings and writings right here in the United States. These works are rarely seen, even in Florence, because they need to be kept protected from the damaging effects of light."

Educational programming, in the classroom and for the public, will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition on the SU campus. Leading American expert on Michelangelo William E. Wallace, Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University in St. Louis, will be the Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities in The College of Arts and Sciences. His mid-September visit to SU will overlap with a Ray Smith Symposium on "Rethinking Michelangelo" sponsored by Arts and Sciences. Radke will teach an undergraduate course on Michelangelo and a graduate seminar on his graphic work during the fall semester.

Students in SU's Goldring Arts Journalism Program will study and write about the exhibition from a variety of perspectives, including art history, cultural significance and how international exhibitions are organized by institutions. Additional programming will be organized in the coming months, to be announced at a later date.

"Syracuse University is especially thrilled to present this wealth of research on the genius Renaissance master and inventor Michelangelo both here in Syracuse and in New York City because of the engagement it will create between our university and the people within these communities," says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. "This exhibition is an example of how we further our commitment to Scholarship in Action by integrating discovery, learning and public engagement."

"I feel very privileged to help bring these extraordinary works by Michelangelo to our galleries," says Iacono. "Working with Pina and Gary to develop an exhibition that speaks to the intellect and artistic genius of Michelangelo, we hope to provide an educational atmosphere that serves as a catalyst between the works of art in the exhibition and the visitors who come to view it."

Initial information on the exhibition and related programming is available online at http://michelangelo.syr.edu. Additional content will be added to the site in the months leading up to the exhibition's public opening.

The SUArt Galleries enhances the cultural environment of Syracuse University and the Syracuse area through meaningful educational experiences and encounters with the University's permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. It is the main campus venue for the visual arts and home of the University's extensive permanent collection. Accessible though the Shaffer Art Building, the facility hosts a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions in its nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibition space.

The Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at SU's Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City is exhibition space overseen by the SUArt Galleries. Opened in 2003, the gallery is made possible through the support of SU alumna Louise Palitz and her husband Bernard. Throughout the year, the gallery presents a variety of notable exhibitions from the University's collection and private and museum collections. The SUArt Galleries and the Palitz Gallery are members of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) at SU.