“Rend the Heavens” Opening in September

 In MOA Features

Guest post by Abbie Daniels, MOA Marketing and PR Intern

Throughout centuries of religious art and iconography, many have explored the interactions between a deity and a mortal. Often accompanied by intense light or angels the story of natural intersecting with the supernatural is everywhere. We are often obsessed with the stories of mundane being elevated by a higher power, called to serve for something larger than themselves. In the cross between human and holy, we see unique perspectives on divinity and divine personalities. We can watch as the yearning for a higher purpose is fulfilled and how directives are bestowed.

The MOA is always trying to showcase exciting ideas in the galleries. Opening soon is our newest exhibition: Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and the Divine. The title of the exhibition comes from the Old Testament, in Isaiah 64:1: “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains flow down at thy presence.” Rend the Heavens studies moments throughout history—and into the present day—where the Divine has “rent the heavens” in order to communicate with humanity.

Featuring pieces of humanity and divinity, the brand new exhibition opens up September 13th. Art from museum collections, like Ron Richmond’s Exchange Number 8, will be spotlighted. The gallery will include some never-before-seen pieces from the museum collection and will incorporate prints, paintings, sculptures, and photographs.

Join us at Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and Divine, opening September 13th at the BYU Museum of Art.


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