Jane Alexander’s half-human, half-beasts are creatures to behold. Now bow!
We mentioned John Newsom’s “Bestiary” as a great mother-of-nature exhibition to check out this week, but an altogether different menagerie can be found at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, up in Morningside Heights, where Jane Alexander’s “Surveys (From the Cape of Good Hope)” is running through July 29th.
This is spectacular stuff, and beyond belief, it’s her first solo show! Here’s what the Times had to say about it, below; if you haven’t gone to church recently, a new excuse to genuflect, that is, to the sanctity of high art (and the cathedral ain’t shabby neither):
“The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights is an occupied zone this spring, with a transient population of unearthly beings camped out in its chapels and aisles. They aren’t saints or angels, though some, in their odd way, do look angelic. They’re more closely related to the marginal creatures carved on high corbels and capitals in medieval churches: half-hidden, half-human, half-bestial things, refugees from the subconscious, defectors from dreams, staking claim to turf in the spiritual realm.
“The figures at the cathedral were created by the South African artist Jane Alexander, who was born in 1959 and lives and works in Cape Town. She has been exhibiting internationally since the early 1990s, though her profile here is fairly low. She doesn’t like to sell her art, and little of it is in public collections outside of Africa. Her strange and wonderful show “Jane Alexander: Surveys (From the Cape of Good Hope)” at St. John the Divine is her first New York solo.
“Jane Alexander: at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street, Morningside Heights; (212) 316-7540, stjohndivine.org