Shouts of Joy and Victory: Jewish and Christian Imagery from the Collection

  • Jul 2, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Rufino Tamayo, "Virgin of Guadalupe", 1930, woodcut on paper, 7 1/4 x 9
1/2 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Benefactors Fund, 1976.

Given the subject of this exhibition, it may surprise some visitors to learn that the art on display was made in the twentieth century. Rather than icons, or venerations of images per se, the works focus on subjects that incorporate either Christian or Judaic references, themes, or associations. Ranging from illustrations of Biblical passages and images of religious figures to amalgams of scripture, social consciousness, and pure abstraction, the objects have larger meanings than the images themselves. For example, William Gropper’s print Swing Low Sweet Chariot not only refers to a Biblical passage and beloved hymn, but also may denote the 19th-century resistance movement that transported slaves from the American South to the North. Rufino Tamayo’s image of the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrates Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural icon and also asserts her presence in daily contemporary life. Regardless of viewers' religious or cultural practices, the spiritual facets of these modern works of art should be readily apparent to all.

This exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

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Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Tour • Tue Aug 12 @ 12pm

Heaven's Troubadour: An Evening of Poetry & Song with Malcolm Guite • Thu Sep 11 @ 6:30pm

This exhibition is a partner program included in the 2014 17 DAYS Greensboro Festival sponsored by ArtsGreensboro. 17 DAYS 2014 happens from September 19 through October 5, 2014. Expect the best of the best performances and exhibitions including music, dance, theatre, art and more. For festival updates, visit the official website

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