Flaten Art Museum Exhibition: Mary Griep: Anastylosis Project 1998-2016
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Sunday, January 22
Dittmann Center, Flaten Museum
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St. Olaf College's Flaten Art Museum is hosting an exhibition titled Mary Griep: Anastylosis Project 1998-2016 from September 9 to January 22.

Over the past 18 years, St. Olaf Professor of Art and Associate Dean of Fine Arts Mary Griep has created a body of drawings inspired by sacred architecture of the 11th and 12th centuries from around the world. This exhibition celebrates Griep’s 25 years of teaching at St. Olaf and her long and fruitful artistic career, bringing together the entirety of the large-scale drawings of the Anastylosis Project for the very first time.

The expansive drawings explore the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres (France), the Hindu temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the Buddhist temple of Thatbyinnyu (Myanmar), the Ulu Camii Mosque of Divrigi (Turkey), the Mayan Palace of the Governors (Mexico), the Stavkirke of Borgund (Norway), the Mayan temple El Castillo (Mexico), the Byzantine Orthodox Church Hagios Dimitrios (Greece), the Franziskanerkirche of Salzburg (Austria), and the Basilica of San Marco of Venice (Italy).

“Anastylosis” refers to the practice of restoring a monument by dismantling and rebuilding the structure using the original methods and materials as closely as possible. Griep’s title is a nod to each buildings’ physical, cultural, and historical layers, and a celebration of the palimpsest that results as monuments are reimagined at different moments in history. Her drawings compress centuries of use, spiritual practice, and restoration, offering a reflection on the long and numinous lives of these sacred spaces.

Programming is co-sponsored by the St. Olaf Department of Religion.

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