Up on campus last Friday, as the university put the finishing touches on "the show," the Shaffer Art Building was humming. Iacono, who assisted Radke on this side of the Atlantic, said, in regards to the importance of this show to him personally, "If one had asked in my grad school days, this would have been (the answer to) the culmination of my career."
He noted that the university made a real commitment by taking appropriate security measures, re-doing air conditioning and lighting, its special transport of the art back and forth across the Atlantic, constructing a coatroom and a real museum shop.
SUArt set designer, Andrew Saluti, was still down and dirty, plugging away with final details. Most of the artwork was in place, but hidden behind sheaths of all types.
Saluti is the person charged with making sure the show is staged properly, similar to a theatrical set designer and stage manager rolled into one. He said they normally take two weeks to flip a show, but they have been working long hours since commencement, when the gallery closed, to get ready for the official opening Tuesday Aug. 12 of "Michelangelo: The Man and the Myth." It will run through Oct. 19 and then move down to SU's Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery in Manhatten at Joseph I. Lubin House.
Radke wrote all the text for the show. And, he said, it is a show with a lot to say, as the theme is getting into the head of Michelangelo. What was his process? What was he thinking, his motivation? How did he operate?
"There are examples of his thinking on paper, getting to know the man, understanding the man who was a poet, a painter, an architect and a sculptor," Radke said.
As he strolled through Shaffer inspecting the finishing touches, he lifted up the covering hanging over the studies for "The Head of Leda."