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Dec. 19, 2014

New Website Highlights Marian Project


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Associated with National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibit: Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

The new website  details the auxiliary programming created by The Catholic University of America for a landmark exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) that features Marian artwork by many of the best-known Renaissance and Baroque artists.

The website presents details about events and programming that complement the NMWA exhibit “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” which runs through April 12.

The Catholic University events, which start in January, include:

  • Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea Graduate Student Conference, March 20 and 21. The first day of the conference will be held at NMWA and will feature a keynote address by renowned medieval historian Miri Rubin, professor of medieval and early modern history at the University of London. Rubin is the author of Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary, among other publications. The second day will be held at CUA. Conference panel discussions include “Mary in Contested Space,” “Marian Liturgy and Music,” and “Mary in the New World.” Conference registration will open in January via the website.

The auxiliary programming includes:

  • Work by students in the junior and senior art history seminars who are co-curating a web-mounted exhibition of Old Master Marian prints and drawings selected from collections at the National Gallery of Art. This project will feature Paul Gauguin's prints of Eve and Mary, Old Master prints of "The Woman Clothed by the Sun" from the Book of Revelations, and prints honoring Mary with Eucharistic imagery. The website will highlight images of the prints as well as student-written essays on the topics.
  • A pilgrim's guide to honoring Mary in Washington, D.C., created by students in the course The Cult of Saints in Medieval Europe taught by Heather Turnbow, lecturer in art history. The website will feature images of Marian significance at each of the pilgrimage sites, for example, a statue, icon, mosaic, or window.
  • The Honors Program course Mary as Mother, Woman, Idea: An Interdisciplinary Seminar, which will examine the figure of the Virgin Mary in theology, liturgy, art, literature, music, and history. Students will conduct original research on Mary; the best of the projects will be published on the website. The course was organized by Jennifer Paxton, clinical assistant professor of history, and will be co-taught by Rev. Mark Morozowich, interim provost, and faculty members Joshua Benson, Ian Boxall, Daniel Gibbons, Katherine Jansen, Caroline Sherman, and Andrew Weaver.
  • Lectures from some of the faculty in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. All lectures take place at noon at NMWA.

Friday, Jan. 16
Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor of liturgical studies/sacramental theology, presents “Mary as Woman, Mother and Idea in the Byzantine Tradition.”

Friday, Feb. 20
Robin Darling Young, associate professor of spirituality, presents “‘She guarded all these words in her heart’: Mary’s Knowledge According to the Early Syrian Tradition, from Ephrem to Romanos.”

Friday, March 13
Ian Boxall, associate professor of New Testament, presents “Out of the Shadows: Mary in the New Testament and Beyond.”

Students in the Department of Drama will perform a modern version of the 15th-century Wakefield pageant “The Annunciation” April 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. in Callan Theatre This play will depict Joseph as he comes to ponder the simultaneously miraculous and perplexing news that the Virgin Mary is to bear the Son of God.

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