Convergence offers a dynamic invitation to challenge perspectives on art and faith in Disdain|Desire, a mind-expanding second look into a book many people think they know – the Bible. Large scale images of Anita Breitenberg’s new illustrated Gospel series will be on display in the Gallery at Convergence July 21 – October 8, 2017. Artist reception and book signing on September 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. More information coming soon!
The vivid and often incongruous images of MARK THIS!, WAY BACK!, HEAL ME!, and FACE IT! (Mark, Matthew, Luke and John) are composites of the old and new, the broken and whole, the destroyed and restored; a juxtaposition of the diminished and disdained with the delighted and desired.
For the past four decades, Anita Breitenberg has illustrated verses of Scripture and sought to broaden the appeal of contemporary Christian art to a wider and diversified audience by presenting it in a radically provocative manner. While serving with the UN in Bosnia in the mid-nineties, Ms. Breitenberg developed a concern for individuals from different cultures, and sought to find an artistic style to convey her spiritual journey to an audience with limited exposure to contemporary Christian images. The form of a mandala, representing the universe, was chosen as an appropriate structure for spiritual contemplation for a new audience. As a result, the works give an appearance of dream interpretations while stylistically incorporating kaleidoscopes and stained glass windows, respectively representing change and holiness. Anita Breitenberg’s works have been exhibited in The Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan, Yale University and the Washington National Cathedral, and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas and Catholic University. Her art was reviewed in the New York Times and appeared on the cover of Commonweal Magazine.
Convergence has earned a reputation in Alexandria for thoughtful, high quality art exhibits that address larger social and spiritual issues like Violent Grace by painter, Edward Knippers and Witnessing Worship from photographer, Nina Tisara. The Gallery at Convergence holds regular exhibits by professional and emerging artists on themes of spiritual and cultural engagement as well as youth shows and open calls around a theme. Events are held surrounding exhibits to promote community dialogue. Convergence is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Please visit our website for more information: ourconvergence.org.
Gallery Hours: The exhibit is open to the public Fridays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and by appointment. 703-998-6260 or [email protected]