The exhibition, Shared Sacred Sites is at the New York Public Library, the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Morgan Library & Museum, 27 March - 30 June 2018.
Curated by Karen Barkey, Dionigi Albera and Manoël Pénicaud.
This exhibition project started at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Mucem) in Marselle in 2015. It has since traveled to the Bardo Museum in Tunis (2016), Thessaloniki (2017), Paris (2017), and Marrakesh (2018). This year, the exhibition is being hosted at three of New York City's renowned cultural institutions - The New York Public Library, the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Morgan Library & Museum - drawing from their collections and beyond to illustrate the coexistence of the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Each location offers a unique perspective on the intersections between these three religions. The New York Public Library provides a historical view of several major shared holy figures and the interpretations they inspire across faiths, while items on display at CUNY's James Gallery depict contemporary instances of believers practicing their faiths in shared spaces. At the Morgan Library & Museum, a single but significant work is on view -the 13th-century Morgan Picture Bible-which demonstrates how members of the different faiths interacted through shared biblical stories.
By examining these works together, we hope to raise awareness of the potential for cooperation among religious groups.
Lino Mannocci has ten monotypes on vellum in the show from Annunciation Series 2017.
‘I find the story of the Annunciation, the mystery of the incarnation, the possibility of embedding matter with aesthetic or spiritual value, an irresistible metaphor for the activity of painting. Working on parchment with monotypes, it seems to me, helps to evoke the complex relationship between body and soul, matter and spirit, that exists in all monotheistic religions.’ – Lino Mannocci
For more information about the exhibition visit, http://sharedsacredsites.net/museum-exhibit/shared-sacred-sites-new-york-exhibit/