Justine Hill: The Travelers
September 12 - June 30, 2023
Cantor Window Commission
A site-specific installation created by New York-based painter Justine Hill ‘08
Afterimage: Visual Arts Faculty 2022
September 12 - October 23
Cantor Gallery Main Space
Fall Exhibition Opening event: September 14
Selections from the Collection of Brad and Gabrielle Schuller (‘01 + ‘02)
November 7 - December 18
A collection of contemporary works by emerging west coast artists, including: Simphiwe Ndzube, Tala Madani, Brandon Landers, aCannd Razvan Boar.
Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
January 26 - April 6, 2023
Bringing the Holy Land Home reveals the impact that art objects manufactured far away, particularly in the Byzantine and Islamic Mediterranean, had on the medieval visual culture of England and western Europe more broadly. The exhibition takes as its starting point the iconic Chertsey tiles, on loan from the British Museum, including the Richard the Lionheart and Saladin combat tiles. This exhibition reframes the combat tile mosaic in light of a recent digital reconstruction completed by an international team, headed by Guest Curator Amanda Luyster. This digital reconstruction, which includes both images and lost Latin text, demonstrates not only that the theme of the entire mosaic is the Crusades, but also that its composition draws from imported Islamic and Byzantine silks, often carried home by returning Crusaders. The Crusading rhetoric of the tiles, in which English victory is proclaimed over their foreign opponents, thereby relies on visual traditions developed and perfected by Muslim and Byzantine artists in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Chertsey tiles are displayed in dialogue with materials from the Byzantine and Islamic worlds, including ceramics, metalwork, liturgical objects, weapons, and textiles, as well as western European objects that incorporated or were impacted by imported objects. The exhibition moves through a series of themes meant to illuminate the specific contexts for the Chertsey tiles’ production: the history of the crusades; the tradition of images of combats in medieval art; touch points between Islam and Christianity; and the royal and ecclesiastical contexts that served to display the art objects that Crusaders carried home. The exhibition culminates with an immersive experience in which the Chertsey Crusades-themed floor can be experienced in a reconstruction of its original context, the chapter house at Chertsey Abbey.
This exhibition draws from the collections of the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, the Dumbarton Oaks Collection in Washington, DC, Harvard University Art Museums, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Worcester Art Museum. The exhibition has been awarded generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, and the ICMA (International Center of Medieval Art). Associated research was funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art.
A symposium focusing on the exhibition will take place on campus on March 25, 2023. The symposium will be held under the auspices of the NEMC (New England Medieval Consortium) and is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Rev. Michael C. McFarland S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.
Guest Curator: Amanda Luyster
Gallery Director: Meredith Fluke
Senior Concentrators Show
April 26 – May 26, 2023