Christa, and Queer and Other Icons at St John the Divine

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I went too late to see the Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies on view at St John the Divine. But Christa is still up there, installed over the altar, as well as these other icons. About the Christa image as a feminist object of Christian devotion, you can read more here about the controversy surrounding her original installation. When I was there, the chapel was locked so I was only able to catch this long view. Also in the main sanctuary were the images from the Queer Icons project by Gabriel Garcia Roman, about which you find more here. There was also a copy of the Black Madonna of I don’t know why, but what surprised me the most was learning that St John the Baptist is (often) figured with wings in the orthodox tradition. It gives the image an animal quality.

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About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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One Response to Christa, and Queer and Other Icons at St John the Divine

  1. dmf says:

    Nixon, Jews, weed

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