Beginning Oct. 15, 2010 and running through Jan. 30, 2011, the Mennello Museum of American Art exhibits Sacred Spaces: Devotional Images with Photography by Alex Harris.
This exhibition originated at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and premiered there Apr. 2008-Feb. 2009.
Sacred Spaces is a selection of 18th – 20th century devotional artworks including retablos (paintings on tin or wooden panels) and bultos (carvings in the round) from the FAC's nationally renowned Hispanic Collection that depict the faith of generations emerging in religious objects set in the background of everyday lives.
In this exhibition, examples of devotional objects from the Hispanic collection are shown alongside a series of color photographs by Alex Harris. In 1972, Harris made a rural Hispanic village high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains his home. For over twenty years, he documented the lives and culture of this Hispanic community. The vibrantly painted homes of village elders and the elaborately decked and customized low-rider cars of the younger generation reflect a tradition of self-expression that unites the material with the spiritual by endowing everyday objects with love, beauty, and blessed meaning.