Stations of the Cross
March 1 – April 16
A Pilgrimage for Art Lovers
“Why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus’ words upon the cross speak acutely to the anguish and alienation felt by many today in America, from immigrants and refugees to religious, sexual, and ethnic minorities.
This unique exhibition—held in 14 locations across Washington, D.C. — will use works of art to tell the story of Jesus’ Passion in a new way, acutely relevant to the plight of America’s disenfranchised. The Stations weave through religious as well as secular spaces, from the Mall to downtown D.C., and up to the National Cathedral. Instead of easy answers, the Stations aim to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and politically.
The art on display includes monuments, Old Master paintings, and newly commissioned art installations. Featured artists include Ndume Olatushani—once falsely imprisoned on death row—and Michael Takeo Magruder, one of the world’s leading artists in digital media, who has created a haunting Shroud of Turin filled with the faces of Syrian refugees.
Visitors can take this tour by downloading the smartphone app, ‘Alight: Art & Sacred.’ The app will serve as your tour guide with podcasts from leading clergy, artists, and scholars, along with maps leading to each of the stations. These items, as well as details on the artists, spaces, contributors, and associated events, including openings at the United Methodist Building on the evening of March 2, The Church of the Epiphany on March 3, and the National Cathedral on March 4 are available at http://artstations.org or by contacting Communications Manager, Arrien Davison at firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition is supported by Cambridge University Interfaith Programme, the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University, Rocky Mountain College, Coexist House, the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and Trinity Wall Street.