The Redeemer University Art Gallery is pleased to present Cross/Purpose, an exhibition from the collection of Edward and Diane Knippers, sponsored by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). The exhibit opens on March 1 and continues through March 23, 2013.
The cross is the central symbol of Christian faith. Cross/Purpose is a sampling of some of the many forms the cross has taken over the centuries and the purposes for which it has been used. The displays and illustrations of the crucifix throughout the centuries include 36 works, ranging from a coin from the Byzantine Empire to relics from Ethiopia, France, and Guatemala. The exhibit includes contemporary works as well as figurative, abstract, expressionist, realist, and conceptual cross-themed art by modern masters as Jacques Callot, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault and Otto Dix.
Artist Edward Knippers spent 30 years searching for art featuring this symbol of the Christian faith in metropolitan areas like Paris and London, in flea markets and even the backwoods of Louisiana and Pennsylvania.
Knippers notes, "You can see the manner in which theology, by way of the cross, has permeated society and even pop culture. I would hope the pieces help patrons realize how the assumption of Christ's presence in the world touches their lives."
Admission is free. An opening reception will take place on Friday March 1 at 7:30 pm with a talk by Prof. Chris Cuthill, Art Department Chair.