The octagonal drawing room at the Morris-Jumel Mansion is hosting distinguished guests: Greek and Buddhist goddesses and women of the Old Testament, painted by artist Andrea Arroyo. The shaped canvases take the form of panels from medieval altarpieces, honoring a range of women in a way traditionally restricted to saints and other holy figures in Christian iconography. The paintings, on display until August 21, are part of Arroyo's exhibit Boundless—The Women of the Mansion.
Painting of Susannah Bathing. The water is filled with the eyes of the men who are spying on her.
Susannah Bathing, by Andrea Arroyo. The water is filled with the eyes of the men who are spying on her.
Painting of Tara, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion, by Andrea Arroyo. She is shown with one of her identifying symbols, the lotus flower.
Tara, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion, by Andrea Arroyo. She is shown with one of her identifying symbols, the lotus flower.
Arroyo has crafted outdoor, site-specific pieces as well, but the latter will only be on view until this Sunday, July 31, 2016. All are invited to attend a free closing reception and performance on the 31st at the Morris-Jumel Mansion (1 to 2:30 PM), which will include live art by Arroyo and piano accompaniment by jazz musician Marjorie Eliot.
Outdoor installation by Andrea Arroyo at the Morris-Jumel Mansion. It consists of a white banner with cutouts hanging from the balcony of the mansion.
Outdoor installation by Andrea Arroyo at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.