Thursday, January 10, 2019. Opening reception for our Inaugural Darlington Hall exhibition: Illumination. 6-8pm in Darlington Hall. To RSVP click here.
Illumination will be our very own 21st century large-scale version of a medieval illustrated Book of Hours. Ours will consist of a series of eight panels (7’ high x 8’ wide), one for each office: Matins (just after midnight); Lauds (before dawn); Prime (morning prayer); Terce (mid-morning prayer); Sext (mid-day prayer); None (afternoon prayer); Vespers (evening prayer); and Compline (night prayer).
Benedictine spirituality is based in the concept of ora et labora, which roughly translates as “my prayer is my work, and my work is my prayer.” Medieval books of hours not only showed hours of prayer, but also portrayed contemporary people at work, at leisure, and in community. For our version, we hope that artists will consider what ora et labora looks like in 21st-century New York City. What are we doing for labor and leisure, in community and at home, during all the hours of the day? And how do our lives reflect God’s love for us, and ours for God?