Blackfriars Gallery at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will open its latest exhibit on October 15 at 2pm with a light reception.
“Ecce Homo: Devotional Expressions of Hardship and Healing in the Americas” is inspired by Pontius Pilate’s proclamation in John 19:5 after scourging Jesus — “Behold the man,” and explores questions of personhood and the experience of human suffering.
In addition to pieces of a classical nature, such as paintings and sacred objects used for private devotion and prayer, the collection also includes Spanish colonial and Mexican folkart, which invite the viewer to reflect on suffering from a particular cultural perspective.
Especially poignant are statues representing the Incarnation, and Christ’s passion, which allow one to behold a moment of great joy in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as her anguish as Mater Dolorosa (the Sorrowful Mother).
Collected over the years by the late Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., the exhibit also reminds the viewer that suffering is not meaningless when viewed in the light of our Catholic faith. Along with its redemptive nature, suffering often results in greater compassion for others, and opportunities for healing and reconciliation.
The items in this collection belong to the Blackfriars Institute for Religion and the Arts, a ministry of the Western Dominican Province, and will be on exhibit throughout the year.