Devotion is a performance: the expression of reverence, love, and wonder from the devotee to the object of devotion. The use of visual art in religious practice is as old as faith itself, and traditions from around the world have made, and continue to make, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and many other objects that serve as vehicles for acting out one’s beliefs. They enact memory, recording sacred texts and depicting sacred stories, and serve as mediums for carrying out sacred rituals.
This focus exhibition, pulled from the collection of The DAI, presents artworks from a variety of faith traditions in order to explore how visual objects perform devotion.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.