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The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls

Eric Gottesman

Eric Gottesman

Join us at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for the opening of The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, and exhibition exploring the ways in which personhood and community cohesion speak to and are formed by notions of dignity, inclusion, and exclusion.

Magnum Foundation and For Freedoms have joined together to install seven billboards from the 50 State Initiative on the exterior of the Cathedral. You will find works by Eric Gottesman; Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello; Paola Mendoza and Kisha Bari; Cinthya Santos-Briones; Susan Meiselas; and . Christopher Myers along 110th Street, and by hank Willis Thomas at the Cathedral entrance on Amsterdam and 112th Street.

Where Do We Go From Here? This is the question posed in the first billboard of this public art project. Set against the backdrop of a border fence, the piece asks the viewer to place themselves in the position of a migrant. It also asks us to consider where we are going together as a nation, and where divisive political language about immigration is leading us.

The exhibition inside the Cathedral will be on view through June 30.

Please also make sure to check out For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here at the ICP Museum, curated by Ava Hess in collaboration with For Freedoms.

Earlier Event: February 10
Photography Archives Workshop