Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and Divine

Open September 13, 2019 – May 14, 2022

“Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence” 
Isaiah 64:1

Beatrice Parsons "Annunciation"


Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and the Divine examines moments and means by which mankind is brought into the communion or recollection of the Divine and was inspired by the 200th anniversary of the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith, in 2020.

The exhibition, which will be on display until December 2021 at the BYU Museum of Art, features dozens of masterworks from the MOA collection, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints. Eight new museum acquisitions will also be included.

Artworks in the exhibition range from the 17th century to contemporary pieces, by such artists as Minerva Teichert, Maynard Dixon, C.C.A. Christensen, Dorothea Lange, Frans Schwartz, Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt, and others.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the MOA has created a mobile tour of the exhibition on the new BYU Museum of Art app. This self-guided tour is complete with behind-the scenes stories, artist biographies, and audio narration. The app content provides an inside look at the exhibition for both in-person visitors and those exploring the exhibition from home. Download here for iOS and here for Android.



Gallery Talk: MOA Curator Ashlee Whitaker

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

12:10 – 12:40 PM

Guest Lecture: John Hilton III, Professor of Ancient Scripture

Thursday, November 7, 2019

7:00 PM

Art After Dark

Friday, November 15, 2019

7:00 – 10:00 PM

Image at top: Beatrice Pasons (1870-1955), Annunciation, 1897-1899, oil on canvas, 45 1/8 x 72 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Thomas R. and Diane Stevenson Stone, 2007.

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