Mary Carlson, St Catherine Reading (after Campin), 2020. Glazed porcelain. McEvoy Family Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Kerry Schuss Gallery, New York.

Exhibition

Rituals of Devotion

Artworks celebrate profound acts of spirituality and love, both earthly and otherworldly.

Rituals of Devotion features sculpture, painting, and photography, culled from the McEvoy Family Collection and elsewhere, that illustrate the bridges built through art that bond us to each other and link us to the spiritual world.

The artists use a wide variety of methods to externalize the profound feelings inherent to the powerful connections we associate with faith, family, and community. Karla Knight and Suzanne Treister engage symbols of spirituality that are familiar in form, such as pictographs and tarot cards, and transform them to surface what often lies hidden, inviting the viewer to consider alternate futures. Mary Carlson’s tiny ceramic sculptures reference traditional Christian religious subjects, upending and enlivening the canonical imagery through their intimately handcrafted forms.

Depictions of the earthly plane are seen in Nan Goldin and Zanele Muholi’s chronicles of moments of tenderness between family, lovers, and friends. Dario Robleto traces a lineage of empathetic love by crafting a sculpture that transforms his family’s shared fondness for vinyl records into a haunting intergenerational love letter cast in the form of family members’ skeletal hands at different life stages.

Still other characterizations of rituals on earth include Sky Hopinka’s photographs of ordinary domestic and natural landscapes, bounded by text etched along their borders, that create sites of exaltation and connection to the Heroka spirits who guide matters of life and death. Together, the artworks demonstrate the possibility offered by ritual to examine how our predecessors try to make sense of the unknown, while simultaneously defining new methods for sharing knowledge and care in our contemporary moment.

Rituals of Devotion is curated by McEvoy Arts exhibitions and public programs curator Amanda Nudelman.