National Museum of Catholic Art and Library - Exhibitions - Stations of the Cross
 


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We would like to thank Dr. Geraldine M. Rohling PhD MAEd, Archivist and Curator of the Basilica of The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for her efforts in displaying this beautiful exhibition and working with NMCAL.

PRESS RELEASE:

“THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS” EXHIBITION FOR THE EASTER SEASON OPENS MARCH 10TH”at the Basilica In Washington, DC

WASHINGTON DC---March 14TH, 2011----The National Museum of Catholic Art and Library in cooperation with The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is proud presents “The Stations of the Cross” by artist Virginia Maksymowicz. The 14 sculptures will be on display on March 10th through April 25th, 2011 at the National Shrine located at 400 Michigan Ave NE Washington, DC 20017. A special artist talk and reception is at 7 P.M on, Thursday March 24th, 2011 at Memorial Hall on he lower level of the Basilica.

Virginia Maksymowicz is an award-winning artist in sculpture. Although she does not normally work in the field of liturgical art, in 2001 she was awarded a commission to create the “Stations of the Cross”. Maksymowicz’s work updated traditional Christian iconography by casting models of various ages and ethnicities, including Chinese, Argentinean, Irish, Polish, Sicilian, Ashkenazi and African American. Using Alginate, she was able to render every detail of the human body, from wrinkles to fingernails. “Central to my idea for the Stations was that a traditional story of Christ’s Passion and death be made specific yet universal-specific in that life- casting necessarily conveys the particularities of the bodies from which the molds were taken: universal in the physical body of Christ and the bodies of his Mother, the other women of Jerusalem, and the Simon the Cyrene were drawn from a wide range of the human community (theologically represented the mystical body of Christ) She says, ”It is my vision that this type of realism would bring home the actuality of the Incarnation and Passion and death of Christ in a way that speaks to the lives of 21st -century Christians.”

Geraldine Rohling, PHD, MAEd, Archivist, Author and Curator of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invited Maksymowicz and National Museum of Catholic Art and Library Washington, DC to work in collaboration for a spectacular Easter art show. Dr. Rohling stated, the concept of Makysomwicz’s work as a beautiful contemporary narration sculpted in relief of the Passion and death of Jesus.

The sculpture reliefs were showcased in 2007 thru 2008, at The National Museum of Catholic Art and History” in NYC. Christina Cox, Executive Director found Maksymowicz’s works so compelling that she “created a special museum gallery for the Stations.  Many visitors would sit on the benches with their rosaries mediating on the footsteps of Jesus to Calvary. “The Stations of the Cross”is wonderful spiritual experience of the Passion and death of Jesus and is definitely worth viewing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

CONTACT INFO:

Christina Cox, NMCAL Director: 202-450-5707 www.nmcal.org :

Virginia Maksymowicz, Sculptor:  (215-387-9706) vam@tandm.us;  www.tandm.us/VAM