Campus News 2014

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2014

‘Graces Received’ exhibit to show at Schreiner Mansion

‘Graces Received’ exhibit to show at Schreiner Mansion

“Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos from Italy and Mexico” will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, March 25 through May 3 at the Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center at 226 Earl Garrett St.

“Ex-Votos” is short for ex voto suscepto and means “according to the promise that was made.” The works featured in the exhibition date from 1865-1959. Within Catholicism, ex-votos are votive objects offered in thanks for heavenly intercession with a misfortune such as an accident or illness. Historically, objects in Italy included metal ex-votos that took the shape of persons, afflicted body parts or hearts representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In addition, painted narrative tablets—usually on wood—often depicted the dramatic moment of crisis for which intercession was requested. Ex-votos were an important part of the Italian-American religious practices in New York City in the first half of the 20th century.

Dr. Leonard Primiano, professor of religious studies at Cabrini College, will give the Weir and Nell Labatt Distinguished Lecture “How to Read Catholic Folk Art” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the mansion.

Primiano recently was awarded The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award for his extraordinary impact on the lives of students. The recipients are nominated by students they once taught.

Seating is limited for the lecture. Call 830-896-8633 to reserve seats.

The lecture and exhibit are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Schreiner Mansion at 830-896-8633.

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