Lovett Weems Jr.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:54 AM
an invitational exhibition in collaboration with Watergate Gallery
August 27 – October 4, 2013
Reception & Artists’ Talk at Wesley Theological Seminary: Tuesday, September 24, noon - 1:30 pm
Washington, D.C., August 26 – The Dadian Gallery of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary announces the exhibit, Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion, at the Dadian Gallery, August 27 to October 4, 2013.
The Dadian Gallery and Watergate Gallery have joined forces to present the work of fifty artists from across the United States. The galleries invited each artist to create an artwork in their preferred media, inspired by this statement:
Every morning as soon as my eyes fly open, I think of all the "to-dos" of the day. After sending up a prayer for strength and positive energy, I also give a shout out to Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion. She is a model of patience, ingenuity and grace in dealing with the routine and unexpected challenges of the day. Not everyone is a believer. For those who are not particularly religious or spiritual, we do not doubt that there is some type of morning ritual used to get motivated, to get energized or to get the creative and innovative juices flowing. We all need some type of inspiration to help us as we confront lives that seem to be getting more complicated with each passing day. The list of obligations often seems endless. We all have someone in our lives who has inspired us by their seemingly indefatigable nature, sense of humor, and capacity for forgiveness. What is your interpretation of Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion?
The resulting exhibition, which runs concurrently at the Dadian and Watergate Galleries, includes paintings, prints, drawings, collages, stained glass, masks and sculptures. Whether wickedly witty, eruditely ironic, or imbued with compassionate humanity, each artist offers their unique understanding of the hectic lives that so many of us lead.
The exhibition and artists’ talk on September 24 are free and open to the public. The Dadian Gallery is located at 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., in the Kresge Academic Building on the campus of Wesley Theological Seminary. Regular hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and by appointment. The Dadian Gallery is closed weekends and holidays. For more information about related events at Watergate Gallery, please go to watergategalleryframedesign.com.
The Dadian Gallery is a program of The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, which sponsors a variety of cultural events exploring the intersection between art and religion and promoting dialogue between artists and theologians. For more information please visit our website www.wesleyseminary.edu/dadian.
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