New: Exhibition's run extended to December 30, 2012.
Considered the Sistine Chapel of the modern era and overseen by the Benedictine monks at Saint John's Abbey in Minnesota, Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible features portions of the first modern-day Bible entirely handwritten and illuminated in 500 years. World-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords, serves as the project’s artistic director from his scriptorium in Wales. Also on exhibit will be a page from an original Gutenberg Bible. A series of lectures, musical performances and calligraphy workshops accompany the exhibit, which serves as a companion to Contemplative Landscape.
Contemplative Landscape is a photographic exploration of how people have responded to and interacted with New Mexico’s landscape through art, architecture and sacred rituals. Drawing on works from the Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors and contemporary photographers, the exhibition prominently features the work of Tony O’Brien, whose 1994-95 sojourn at a New Mexico monastery forms the heart of his new book, Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert (Museum of New Mexico Press), debuting with the exhibition. A companion exhibit to Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible.
Join us for the opening of the exhibits The Saint John's Bible and Contemplative Landscape on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 am-5 pm. The Women's Board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation will offer refreshments from 2-4 pm, and photographer Tony O’Brien and writer Christopher Merrill will talk about and sign their new book, Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2011), at 2 pm in the History Museum Auditorium. Free with admission (Sundays free to NM residents.