The Backroom @SSG: Michelle Gagliano

Michelle Gagliano

November 3, 2017 – December 22, 2017

​On Friday, November 3rd, Second Street debuts their third exhibition at The Backroom @SSG with the art of Michelle Gagliano and her exhibit: Dante’s Inferno, A Contemporary Approach.


From Michelangelo to Rauschenberg, artists from all genres have interpreted the writings of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem Inferno. This intensely visual poem takes us from being "lost in the dark woods,” to traveling downward through the nine circles of Hell, and finally to "once more to see the stars." Dante broke from tradition by writing his poem in Italian rather than Latin as to give the work a broader appeal. My use of contemporary images to interpret this timeless work is intended to show that the poem is relevant not just to the masses but also to the ages.

-Michelle Gagliano, 2017

This season Second Street Gallery launched a new program to give local artists additional opportunities to showcase their work in the gallery.

Each month, Second Street Gallery will spotlight a different artist in The Backroom @SSG. Executive Director and Chief Curator Kristen Chiacchia brings the New York City art world practice of exhibiting art in a carefully curated back room to Charlottesville.