CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present "Anastylosis Project" from Monday, Jan. 8, through Tuesday, Feb. 27. This exhibition represents nearly two decades of work by artist Mary Griep, professor emerita of art and art history at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. At 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, Griep will present a lecture in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.
"Anastylosis Project" draws inspiration from 11th and 12th century sacred architecture from around the world, here depicted in numerous large-scale drawings. Among the buildings illustrated are the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres (France), the Hindu temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the Buddhist temple of Thatbyinnyu (Myanmar), the Ulu Camii (Great 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), as well as the artist’s newest work, the Baptistery of Saint John, in Florence (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. The exhibition title is a nod to each building’s physical, cultural and historical layers, and a celebration of the palimpsest that results as monuments are reimagined at different moments in history. Griep’s drawings compress centuries of use, spiritual practice and restoration, offering a reflection on the long and numinous lives of these sacred spaces.
Support for this project has been generously provided by the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand; the Associated Colleges of the Midwest; the Anderson Center, Red Wing, Minnesota; the City of Salzburg, Austria; the Minnesota State Arts Board; the Ella and Kaare Nygaard Foundation; and St. Olaf College.
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and by appointment. Please note: the gallery will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. For additional information, visit www.uni.edu/art/gallery.html or contact Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art, at 319-273-6134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.