“Rend the Heavens” Now Open at the MOA

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Parsons, "Annunciation"

Beatrice Parsons (1870-1955), “Annunciation,” 1897-1899, oil on canvas, 45 1/8 x 72 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by Thomas R. and Diane Stevenson Stone, 2007.

Believers across many faiths feel that there are circumstances, both privately and globally, when the Divine engages with humankind or individuals are brought into an awareness of a higher power. This exhibition explores artistic interpretations of such moments, particularly in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and Divine is a new exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art that explores this theme. The exhibition, which opened in September 2019, features dozens of masterworks from the MOA’s permanent collection, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints.

The curator of the exhibition, Ashlee Whitaker, took inspiration for the exhibition from the upcoming 200th anniversary of the First Vision. In celebrating that event and also pondering what it teaches us about how God speaks to his children, Whitaker and other MOA staff designed Rend the Heavens to be an experience that encourages visitors to slow down and consider their personal ability to invite connection with something greater than themselves.

Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and Divine is now open at the BYU Museum of Art and will be on display through December 2020.


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