Tapestry and Video Work by Ido Michaeli
On view at the American Jewish Historical Society
Based on an article published in the New York Times in 1902, Ido Michaeli’s work Black Panther Got Loose from the Bronx Zoo, a hand-woven tapestry and video piece, tells the true story of a panther, who escaped from the Bronx Zoo and, after struggling with the police, dove into the Bronx River and swam to his freedom. Michaeli’s work consists of an 8ft x 8ft wool handwoven tapestry (gobelin) and a 10-minute-long video reviewing the story behind this project and its process of making.
Ido Michaeli was born in Israel in 1980, and is lives and works in New York. He received his M.F.A and B.Des degrees from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Michaeli has had solo exhibitions in Israel at Rosenfeld Gallery, HaKibbutz Gallery, and The Gallery of Hamidrasha School of Art. He also participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Herzliya Museum, Ashdod Museum, Neues Museum, the Israeli Center for Digital Art, and more. Michaeli is the recipient of awards and grants from the Israeli Ministry of Culture, The Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema, the Rabinovich Foundation, and ArtPort. His work is in several private and public collections including the Israel Museum and the Herzliya Museum of Art.