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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Work of Our Hands: A Multi-Venue Exhibition of Liturgical Vestments

Location: Various Venues Across Campus

A 2018 exhibition in New York City, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, brought wide public attention to the history and artistry of liturgical vestments. Titled "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," it included some papal vestments borrowed from the Vatican Museums, and a great many outfits by leading international fashion designers. This inspired an examination of Notre Dame's own treasury of handmade liturgical vestments, with appreciation for the devout creativity, skill, and humility of their mostly anonymous artists, and without losing sight of their proper purpose, functionality, and symbolism. To that end, four exceptional items have been carefully selected from Notre Dame's collection of liturgical vestments as part of this multi-venue exhibition across campus. Visitors are encouraged to stop at each venue on a self-guided tour to learn more about these works and the generative effect of faith.…

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