You are welcome to view the exhibition in any order.
"Termination" was commissioned for Good Friday, 1981, and installed in the chancel of Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in New York City. Its central object is a contemporary crucifix: Jesus's body wrapped in thick black plastic sheeting and chained into a green institutional wheelchair. This central element is hung from an overhead beam by a chain hoist and the body is illuminated by flourescent lights mounted on each of four corner posts. The crucifix is viewed through windows set into the frame representing each viewer's subjective vantage point. This piece was the focal point for a chancel drama and for meditation throughout the day.
The Crucifixion is pure horror, connecting through the centuries to the human history of terror and suffering. We stare at images of intentional violence with an embarrassing compulsion: Can people be that cruel? Could that happen to us? Could we do that to others? Good Friday calls us to see ourselves as both victim and victimizer, identifying with Jesus' suffering and with the all-too human cruelty of his persecutors.
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