Saints, Relics, Images


First class meeting of Kara Morrow's Medieval Art Seminar in preparation for the student-curated exhibition, "Saints, Relics, Images: The Art of Medieval Devotion.



Spring 2018

Saints, Relics, and Images: The Art of Medieval Devotion

April 17-May 13, 2018

Burton D. Morgan Gallery

Throughout the Middle Ages, saints served as exemplars of faith. From their position in the Court of Heaven, they interacted with the corporal world, their power made manifest in their bodily remains and associated possessions tucked into parish altars and revealed in distant pilgrimage destinations. Sumptuous reliquaries touted the power of saintly relics. Medieval Christians believed that achieving spiritual illumination was furthered through the commissioning and use of artistic material splendor. As such, luminous glass, precious metals, and ornate surfaces transported worshipers in their devotions enabling interaction with the holy dead.

The student-curated exhibition Saints, Relics, and Images is part of Associate Professor of Art History Kara Morrow’s Medieval Art seminar. Students enrolled in the seminar will spend the first half of the semester in the museum lab set up in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery researching objects both on loan and selected from the CWAM’s collection, with the exhibition taking place at the end of the semester.

2018 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition

April 27-May 13, 2018
Sussel Gallery

  • Kari Everson ‘18
  • Jacob Nowell ‘18
  • Ashley Plassard ‘18
  • Jessy Pojman ‘18
  • Vy Vu ‘18

Fall 2018

The Ocean After Nature

September 11-November 18, 2018
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

“Our premise is that the sea remains the crucial space of globalization. Nowhere else is the disorientation, violence, and alienation of contemporary capitalism more manifest, but this truth is not self-evident, and must be approached as a puzzle, or mystery, a problem to be solved.”
— Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, 2010

For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. In the past fifteen years, however, global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean. As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. The ocean and humanity, no longer thought of as separate, exist in a relationship of mutual and potentially destructive influence.

The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems. Featuring work in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design—the exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.


Ursula Biemann, UNITED BROTHERS, Noël Burch, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen, Mati Diop, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Manuel Gnam, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, An-My Lê, Ulrike Ottinger, Manny G. Montelibano III, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Carissa Rodriguez, Rafi Segal, Allan Sekula, Supersudaca

A publication accompanies the exhibition.

The Ocean After Nature is an exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support from ICI's International Forum and Board of Trustees.