Art show to showcase religious art

By Lauren Reilly
January 29, 2004

Marisa Gallelli

Folk art and artifacts from numerous Catholic communities are currently on display in the Grace and Joseph Gorevin Fine Arts Gallery. The numerous paintings, photographs, and sculptures on display are meant to depict the ubiquity of religious artistry to the aesthetic onlooker.

Dr. Leonard Primiano, a religious studies professor, carefully selected these works from various countries such as Latin America, South America, Europe, and the United States. Primiano’s journey started two years ago when he was awarded a $5,000 grant by the Lilly Endowment through Stephen R. Haynes, the executive director of The Rhodes Consultation for the Future of Church-Related College.

The exhibit, which will run until Sunday, February 1, was created to help the institution reflect on and remember the mission of Roman Catholic tradition. The artwork was created by both trained and untrained individuals and Primiano feels that the display accurately “relates to our roots as Mother Cabrini related to the people.”

In addition to the works purchased by Primiano, the exhibit also contains four pieces that were recovered from Cabrini’s campus. One of these was the Papal Flag from the limousine that carried Pope Paul IV on his 1965 visit to the United States. While replacing the frame that it was originally found in, an additional picture of Mother Cabrini alongside two Popes was discovered. Another photograph of Mother Antonietta Della Casa, the successor to Mother Cabrini, was found facing the wall in the basement stairwell of the Holy Spirit Library.

Primiano said that this is the largest collection of contemporary religious folk art in the Philadelphia area and has future hopes of it becoming a permanent exhibit at Cabrini.

Posted to the web by Marisa Gallelli

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