Sunday, October 29
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Gallery One, Atrium Gallery & Lobby | In This Place: What Makes a Place Holy?
In this Place is a multi-faceted exhibition exploring the question “What makes a place holy?” Its focus is on the lands of the Qur’an, the Torah, and the Bible, from ancient times to the present, and on the multiplicity of ways people experience these places as holy. In conjunction with this exhibit, The Phipps presents several related programs, including a lecture, community forum, music performance by The Rose Ensemble, and docent-led tours.
The exhibit artists come from three religious traditions: Hend Al-Mansour is Muslim, Susan Armington is Christian, and Sylvia Horwitz is Jewish. The overarching aim of the exhibition and related programs is to bring together the community of Hudson and, more broadly, the St. Croix River Valley to explore ways we experience something as holy and reflect on how these experiences impact who we are and how we relate to one another.
- Hend Al-Mansour’s installation, Mihrab, is a spiritual portrait of a Muslim woman. It includes a prayer niche inspired by mosque architecture and a screen-printed prayer rug on the floor.
- Susan Armington’s mixed media paintings create a “mythic geography” in 2-D and 3-D that infuses places in the Middle East with qualities from literature, religious texts, childhood stories, media, and lived experience.
- Sylvia Horwitz’s sepia-toned photographs reflect her time in the wilderness of the Negev desert, the Dead Sea, and places that reverberate with biblical history. Her images of Jerusalem’s Old City capture the rituals of daily life in both Jewish and Muslim quarters.
Hear these featured artists talking about the working process as well as the meaning behind their work in this video: