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Contemporary Takes on the Self in a Manhattan Church

By Allison Meier

September 14, 2015

Artistic interpretations of self are inhabiting the nave of Manhattan’s Church of St. Paul the Apostle, with contemporary sculpture, painting, collage, and other media installed alongside the candlelit chapels and religious icons. On the Inner and Outer Selfpresented by the collective Openings, is their ninth annual group exhibition in the 19th-century church.

The 28 artists include a range of responses, and like any large group show the strengths vary. However, for each piece, the surrounding architecture is stunning and the Roman Catholic religious statuary and contemplative space is an unconventional contrast to the art.