Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Reliquaries Exhibits

Here's some information on the reliquaries exhibitions that I mentioned last class:

First of all, reliquaries are typically ornate containers designed to hold the remains and possessions of dead saints. Although this practice is best known among Catholics and Eastern Orthodox in the Western world, similar traditions exist among the peoples of Central Africa. However, the show at the Walters will only feature reliquaries from Medieval Europe.

Reliquary Ensemble
Kota peoples, Mindumu group; Gabon
19th century
Wood, iron, copper, lead, zinc, feathers, fiber, leather, bone, skin
H. 22 13/16 in. (58 cm)
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

The Walters Art Museum will be running the exhibition "Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe" from February 13 to May 15, 2011. This is a major traveling exhibition, which started in Cleveland, came to Baltimore and will go to London next. You can visit the site that they've devoted to this exhibit here:

Around the same time (The Walters' website says February 26 to May 22, 2011, but I think these dates may be a little off), The Walters will be showing "Relics and Reliquaries: Reconsidered." In this exhibition, eleven MICA students in Jann Rosen-Queralt's "Relics Reliquaries and Enshrined Materials" sculpture class and Barbara Baxter's "Reliquaries: Embodying the Sacred" art history class responded to "Treasures of Heaven." In addition to creating the artwork, we designed the printed materials and website, curated the show with 3D computer models, wrote the cell phone guide, wall labels, gallery guide text, etc.

The Walters has a small blurb about this show here:

Also, we're supposed to have a website up ( I believe), but it doesn't seem to be up and running yet...

One of my "reliquary books" from my "Relics of Motherhood" series for the Walters exhibit.

This exhibit expanded into another show at the Current Gallery, which will run from February 25-April 1, 2011 (I'm also not 100% on these dates). You can visit their site here:

They don't have anything about our exhibit up yet, but hopefully soon. When it gets going, our class website should have information on both our shows and exhibition spaces.

Enjoy. -Aden

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