About the Artist
Michal Nachmany (b. Jerusalem, 1958), is a self-taught artist and educator. She began exhibiting her work in September 2015 in New York City, and since then has exhibited at community centers and galleries across New York City and the tristate area. Her inaugural international show opened in November 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. By collaborating with community centers to exhibit her work, and drawing upon her experience as both an artist and educator, her art acts as a bridge which connects past and present and viewers with one another.
Beyond the Balcony II, The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Curated for the State of Israel's 70th anniversary, Beyond The Balcony captures the evolution of statehood—the unfolding of a vision embodied in Herzl’s lonely figure on the balcony to its realization during the first half of the 20th century and onward. Nachmany’s work offers viewers the opportunity to reflect and reminisce on how Israeli history and culture have evolved since Herzl stood on the balcony.
Commissioned by Columbia University and now a part of its permanent collection at the Faculty House, this series of ten artworks celebrates the inauguration of the University’s new Manhattanville Urban Campus, while paying a tribute to the existing Morningside Heights Campus and to Manhattan’s Riverside Park landmarks and history.
The artist celebrates the 1930s journey of her father and grandfather from their hometown in Poland to their life in Israel.
Journeys and Longings IV, Blue Dragon Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2016 - December 2016.
The artist transfers the universal theme of ‘Journeys and Longings,’ in an artistic celebration of art ‘as a bridge’ between cultures, and past and present. The show's narrative, ‘Every Person and Every Object has a Journey,’ is a thread that captures the universality of aspiration across cultures - such as Taiwan and Israel - and offers an artistic link to the history of both countries. The Taiwan’s China Times covered the show. The exhibit is on display at the Blue Dragon gallery in Taipei. A TV interview with the artist is available HERE.
Three Balconies and a Door, Manny Cantor Center at the Educational Alliance (located across the street from Seward Park), NYC, August 30, 2016 – November 2, 2016. The show celebrates the multiple immigrant communities of New York.
Beyond The Balcony, UJA Federation Headquarters, NYC, April-July 2016. This show captures Israel’s evolution of statehood—the unfolding of a vision embodied in Theodor Herzl’s lonely figure on a hotel balcony in Basel (1897) to its realization during the first half of the 20th century and to Israel’s independence in 1948 and onwards. The exhibit winds its way from the public to the personal with the final portion examining the emotional imprints of what it means to create a new life in a new land.
Following the exhibit, Nachmany was commissioned to create art pieces celebrating the contributions of the retired heads of the UJA Federations.
Albert’s Dream, 14 Street Y, NYC, November 2015 – February 2016. Show was based on the experiences of the Youth Aliya, orphaned children arriving to Palestine after WWII, and later participating in the new State of Israel.
New Beginning, Adas Israel Synagogue, Sag Harbor, September 2016 – November 2016.
Journeys and Longings I, B'nei Jeshurun Community Center in the Upper West Side, NYC, April - July 2016.
Journeys and Longings II, the Hebrew Tabernacle in Fort Washington NYC, April – June 2016.
Journeys and Longings III, the JCC in Westchester, New York State, April 2016 – June 2016.
Journey: From the Land of Milk and Honey, La Boite, New York, inaugural show, September 2015.