MADONNA AND CHILD | INTERPRETATIONS
OPENING: MARCH 26 | 6 PM TO 9 PM CLOSING: APRIL 23
Motherhood and/or caregiving is a profound aspect of the human experience and Madonna and Child works appear in many global religions, cultures, and styles including Roman Catholicism, ancient Egyptian religion featuring Queen Ankhnes-meryre II and her son, Pepy II, and Mahayana Buddhism with the mercy deity/boddhisatva Guanyin and her child. Artworks of the Christ Child and his mother Mary are far-reaching and iconic. Often in these depictions, Mary appears much larger than other participants, symbolic of her exalted status.
Featured Madonna and Child works are not necessarily traditional representations of Mary and Jesus, but in some cases are abstracted to the point of minimalism. Traditionally paintings, altars, and sculpture depict the Madonna and Child, but experimentation and non-traditional media are represented. Pieces include a larger mother figure (the Madonna) and a smaller child like figure (the Child) and do not require a religious context.