Salon 94 Brings Michael Jordan to the Bowery
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Salon 94 at 243 Bowery is running faster, jumping higher, and dunking harder with its latest multimedia show. The one-story projector wall that inhabits the gallery facade currently displays a three-minute compilation clip featuring Michael Jordan, and has been for the last couple weeks. It’s a video that causes pedestrians from all walks of life to stop and admire.
The Michael Jordan homage is, as you would believe, part of the “Nature is My Church” exhibit at Salon 94 by artist Lucien Smith. Outside the venue, the basketball footage, entitled “I Like America and America Likes Me,” is soundless. Inside, however, Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me” accompanies Air Jordan.
On one side of the gallery, is a compilation reel titled I Like America and America Likes Me depicting Michael Jordan in flight—eternally ascending towards victory while being serenaded by Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me.” In a god-like feat, he never touches the ground. This angelic, though prosaic, vignette serves as a warning to the worship of false prophets. The gallery functions as a sanctuary for this composite, creating a Noah’s ark of oceania and semi-biblical ephemera—its religious connotation reinforced by the stained glass light.