'Devotional Cultures' exhibit opens at Colorado College

By Jen Mulson Updated: December 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm • Published: December 12, 2013 | 9:10 am 0

Preview reception with gallery talk by curator Michael Brown and student presentations 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, I.D.E.A. Space, Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free; 389-6607, sites.coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace. NOTE: The exhibit will close Dec. 20-Jan. 20 for the college's winter break, and reopen 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

A new exhibit at Colorado College will enlighten viewers about the devotional culture of Spanish colonial art.

"We're trying to trace the development of Spanish colonial art as it moves from Latin America to Central America to the hotbed of global cultural exchange that was Santa Fe in the 1600s," says Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of the interdisciplinary arts program at Colorado College.

A handful of CC students, a couple of teachers and Michael Brown, a research fellow in the new world department at the Denver Art Museum, have curated a show of devotional objects, all pulled from the collection at the Fine Arts Center.

Objects include crucifixes, processional pieces used in ceremonies, images of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Sorrows and American saints.

The show explores European Catholic imagery and its ritual practices, including passion ceremonies situated around the Christ figure, and personal devotional practices that focused on images of the Virgin Mary and others.

"We live in a region that was heavily influenced by Spanish colonial settlements and the interchange with indigenous culture," Hunter-Larsen says. "We're not as aware of the legacy of the Spanish colonial artwork and what that aesthetic became as it developed into the new world. A lot of people think that work is representational of bad European art of the 1600s, 1700 and 1800s."

Jennifer Mulson, jen.mulson@gazette.com, 636-0270.

 

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