Angels and Demons: Challenging Notions of Good and Evil
Angels and Demons, the upcoming exhibition of pieces from the Scripps College collection, will explore the construction of good and evil across cultures, time, and religious practices. This exhibition is part of a new tradition: for four years, Williamson Gallery interns have designed and curated their own annual show highlighting works from the Scripps College Collection. Angels and Demons will run from Mon., March 30 to Thurs., April 9, with the opening in Gallery 112 on Thurs., April 2, from 7 to 9 pm; refreshments will be provided.
This year’s interns, Moor (Yuming) Chen, Mikayla Raymond, Abby Rodriguez, and Maggie (Wei) Wu, have focused on exploring figures of good and evil in different religious practices, ultimately remarking upon the striking similarities in how angels and demons are depicted in different cultural practices through paintings, etchings, ink prints, ceramics, and metals.
From the Christian tradition, the interns plan to use a combination of modern American and 19th-century European pieces, including depictions of classical, biblically-styled angels, the grim reaper, and nuns. These more familiar images will serve as a frame of reference for better contextualizing the rest of the pieces. From the East Asian traditions, Japanese prints and a Himalayan demonic figure sculpture are to be displayed.
The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. Gallery 112 is located in the Lang Art Building at Scripps College, 250 E. 12th St., between Columbia and Dartmouth avenues. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5 pm. For more information, please contact the Williamson Gallery at (909) 607-3397 or visit the website at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu
Images: Attributed to Giuseppe Faggiani, Angelo, n.d., mosaic, ceramic, 13 5/8 x 11 1/8 in., Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Torii Tadamasa, Fudo, 1952, woodblock print, 14 ¼ x 9 7/16 in., Purchase made possible by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Culture, Scripps College, CA