General Seminary is partnering with New York City churches and museums for a Manhattan-wide Stations of the Cross that takes the form of a public art project. It begins at the Met Cloisters (Station One – Jesus is Condemned) and ends at the National September 11 Memorial (Station Fourteen - Entombment). Several churches, including Trinity Church Wall Street and the Riverside Church will also serve as stations. Additionally, other stations include the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and the African Burial Ground Visitor Center. Each station has a piece of art associated with it and a podcast reflection from different faith leaders.
Rowan Williams gives the final podcast reflection at Station Fourteen, saying: “When things are leveled to the ground, when our security is taken away, when terror reigns, when violence triumphs, our ability to sit with that intensely painful reality without either false consolation or despair is a moment that somehow opens us up, opens the world up. That “ground zero moment” that comes at the end of the Stations of the Cross is that kind of moment, that kind of darkness, that kind of absence.”
General Seminary hosts Station Ten, Jesus is Stripped of Garments. Saints and Sinners, the artwork on display, was created by Diego Romero. The piece will be temporarily installed in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, overseen by the Rev. Dr. Kevin Moroney, Dean of Chapel.
Dr. Michael DeLashmutt will be leading a group of students through the stations. Additionally all those near New York City are invited to attend any or all of the Stations throughout Lent.
Traditionally the Stations of the Cross have served to evoke empathy with those who suffer, as Jesus did, at the hands of injustice. This year’s exhibit focuses on the experience of immigrants and refugees, exploring feelings of despair, exploitation, abandonment, and hope.
Join the artists and representatives of the station sites for an opening reception to launch this year’s Stations of the Cross public art project. The reception is on Thursday February 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. RSVP at trinitywallstreet.org/stations.
For more information, visit the website: www.artstations.org