The exhibition “Mother Mary Come to Me: 400 Years of Stories and Symbols” opens Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, and runs through Jan. 30 2015, at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 3000 5th St NW, New Brighton MN 55112. An Opening Night Reception and Artist Talk will be held Dec. 2, with from 5 to 7 p.m.
The image of the Virgin Mary embodies strength, protection and humility, yet these universal qualities can be easily misplaced in the dense history of her differing representations. Featuring works from Electric Machete Studios, The Basilica of St. Mary and Westminster Presbyterian Church, United’s exhibition will include images of Mary ranging from a 16th century Madonna and Child, to a contemporary painting of Our Lady of La’Vang, Vietnam, and even mass-produced Guadalupe night-lights—low wattage bulbs included.
The guest artists discussion includes Rebekah Crisanta; Xilam Bilam of Electric Machete Studios; Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and the sacred arts, The Basilica of St. Mary; and Nathan R.P. Young, curator and education associate, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
The topic of the evening’s discussion will focus on the question of Mother Mary’s theological potency. What are the virtues and challenges of culturally flexible objects of devotion? How does the commodification of religious imagery affect their spiritual values?
There is no charge. Registrations requested. For information contact Renee K. Flesner at 651-255-6138. Also visit www.unitedseminary.edu.