The Body of Christ: Art Reception
- 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018
- 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 20, 2018
- Contact Name:
- Kara Jackman
In this exhibition we take a deep dive into three artists’ depictions of the physical form of Jesus Christ. Special attention is paid to the Christian Art themes of the crucifixion and Pietà, meaning “pity” or “compassion,” where the Virgin Mary cradles the body of Christ after he has been removed from the cross. These works, many created during the late 1950s and 1960s, are visceral and raw, indicative of the political and cultural shifts occurring at that time in history. For millennia, images and sculptures of the final stages of Christ’s life allowed countless viewers to identify with the suffering of Jesus, to experience God’s empathy toward their own suffering, and to be inspired by Jesus’ self-giving, understood in many different ways. Today, this exhibition invites you to ask, what is suffering, and how can I respond to it by finding hope in God’s presence in its midst?