FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2017n
DOROTHY DAY EXHIBIT OPENS AT THE SHEEN CENTER TOMORROW, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 WITH RECEPTION AT 5PM
The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture and The Dorothy Day Guild are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibit A New World: Contemporary Art Exploring Dorothy Day's Vision of Social Justice on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in The Sheen Center Gallery. This visually striking assembly of work, including photography, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, brings together mainstream and marginalized artists inspired by Dorothy Day's legacy of faith in action. Conceived and curated by sculptor and painter, Anthony Santella, the exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 5pm in The Sheen Center's Gallery, 18 Bleecker Street at the Elizabeth Street entrance.
Members of the press wishing to attend are asked to kindly contact Mercedes Lopez Blanco at [email protected].
The exhibit, which runs through January 12, 2018, juxtaposes excerpts from Day's prolific writings with artwork addressing the ideals she devoted her life to: social justice, voluntary poverty, resistance to racial prejudice, nonviolence, and agrarian utopianism. The roster of artists includes those whose work appears in The Catholic Worker newspaper as well as the formerly homeless and imprisoned artists. Each artist is driven to communicate a message of hope as well as the prophetic warning that motivates contemplative activism today
A centerpiece of the exhibit is a wooden shrine, built from driftwood collected on the beach in Staten Island, NYC, where Day had a cabin, demolished in 2000. Artists and the public at large are invited to contribute small artifacts to the shrine, ex voto offerings that speak to their understanding of Day's legacy of faith in pursuit of justice