Sculptor and set designer Michele Iodice first came to the Gardner Museum for a week in August 2005 to prepare for his November residency and installation project. Conceived as a contemporary reinterpretation of the Museum’s traditional Holiday Table, A Pagan Feast started with a table that filled the Dutch Room, which was then covered with a larger-than-life tablecloth featuring the Medusa mosaic from the center of the Courtyard. Iodice placed objects and sculptures he selected from the collection on the table, along with nearly one hundred of his own newly created works. Some of these objects were created and shipped from Italy; most were crafted by Iodice and his assistant April Gymiski with materials collected around Boston, as well as Museum catalogues. Iodice also gave a talk about his project and work with curator Pieranna Cavalchini on the day that the installation opened.
Michele Iodice is a sculptor, installation artist, and set designer who has designed exhibitions and museum installations throughout Italy. His work is in many private collections and has been shown at the Castle of Ovodi, Sweden; Studio Angeletti, Rome; Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples; the Piotrków Trybunalsky Museum, Poland; and the Galleria del Serpente, National Archeological Museum, Naples. In 2008 he published Migration, a book documenting his installation of a giant nests at the Villa San Michele on the island of Capri. Iodice currently lives in Naples, where he is the artistic director of the Fondazione Mondragone di Napoli’s Textile and Costume Museum; he also works as a curator for the Polo Museale, a consortium of cultural heritage sites in the Campania region.