January 30, 2020

Student Picks–curated by Rose Hatem ’20

Student Picks–curated by Rose Hatem '20

Date(s) - Thursday, January 30, 2020
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Smith College Museum of Art

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On view for one-day ONLY in the Cunningham Center (Museum of Art, 2nd floor)

“The Sacred Image in Ordinary Time” curated by Rose Hatem ’20

Hatem’s statement: Western art has been intrinsically tied to Christianity since the religion began. Iconic images such as the Madonna and Child, the Crucifixion, or the Pieta carry such enormous cultural weight that they have become archetypes which can be invoked beyond the limits of explicitly religious art. This exhibit explores the visual language of Christianity, questioning to what extent an image’s power is derived from understanding its religious and historical context and to what extent power is intrinsic to the image.

Image credit: Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874–1940. Peace, from portfolio Lewis W. Hine, 1874-1940, 1925 negative; 1942 print. Photograph, gelatin silver print mounted on paperboard. Transfer from Hillyer Art Library