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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Closing reception for Lisak photography show at Mercy Center Friday, Apr. 12

Mercy Center at Madison Mary C. Daly, RSM Art Gallery
167 Neck Rd., Madison, (203) 245-0401
Robert Lisak: The Flowering Cross—Holy Week in an Andean Village
Through Apr. 13, 2013.
Closing Reception: Fri., Apr. 12, 6:30—8 p.m.

Press release from the Mercy Center at Madison

In 2008, noted New Haven art photographer Robert Lisak traveled to Peru during Holy Week to document a cultural treasure in a remote Andean village. The resulting exhibition of Mr. Lisak’s photographs will be on display at the Mary C. Daly, RSM Art Gallery, Mercy Center at Madison, 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT from Mar. 15—Apr. 13 (open everyday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). The exhibition focuses on the colonial Inca town of Andahuaylillas, near Cuzco.

The extraordinary 17th century church at the center of the town houses remarkable murals, oil paintings, gilded sculptures and two colonial pipe organs. In Andahuaylillas, Holy Week is celebrated with rituals that combine Quechua hymnody with late medieval and Baroque liturgical practices in a pure form rarely seen in the last fifty or more years. The photographer had unprecedented access to events and to parts of the building not open to the public, and the exhibition offers a unique glimpse into early evangelical conversion practices and their continued vitality in the context of the rich bilingual contemporary Andean culture.

Robert Lisak: "Holy Week in an Andean Village"

There will be a closing reception on Fri., Apr. 12, at the Mercy Center, from 6:30—8 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public. All pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Mercy Center.

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