Weekdays 9-4 (except holidays)
Exhibition highlighting the diverse religious traditions of the Peruvian Andes and of diasporic Andean communities in Lima, bringing together new works by three contemporary Peruvian artists whose art explores both modern and historical practices
Raúl Montero Quispe
Curated by Emily Floyd, M.A.R. ‘12
Opening Reception Wednesday, February 19 at 5 pm
Pilgrims travel for days over snowy cliffs, dressed in festive attire and carrying with them musical instruments and portable shrines. At the conclusion of their journey they join with fellow religious travelers, coming together to pay homage to the glaciers of Mount Ausangate and to visit the Lord of Qoyllur R’iti, Christ as Lord of the Shining Snow, dwelling in his high-altitude shrine. In the coastal metropolis of Lima, home to almost 10 million people, a small community of Quechua-speaking refugees who fled the Andean village of Sarhua in the wake of terrorism and state violence adapt their festival traditions to their new urban home. They carry the image of the Virgin of the Assumption and of the Child Jesus on processional litters, dancing and singing in honor of mother and child. Meanwhile, child angels in indigenous dress with rainbow wings bless the Andean landscape in its tripartite division—hanan pacha (the earth above), kay pacha (the earth here), ukhu pacha (the earth below).
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