McKenzie Jesus of the People.gifHoliness and the Feminine Spirit: The Art of Janet McKenzie

Thursday, March 10 (snow date Monday, March 14)

Axinn 232 (screening room)

4:30 p.m.

Janet McKenzie's work celebrates our inherent similarities rather than our differences because what lies beyond skin and gender is more alike than we'll ever know.  Her painting “Jesus of the People” was selected First Place Winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s global competition at the Millennium by Juror, Sister Wendy Beckett of BBC fame.   The worldwide response to this dark interpretation of Christ, which was modeled by a woman, has been hateful, unaccepting and vicious, but at the same time celebrated for its inclusivity. “Jesus of the People” has been carried forward into the world through museum exhibitions, documentaries and film, written about in books, magazines and online from South Africa to Iceland, Vietnam, Australia and Russia, and beyond.

McKenzie will share imagery of her work and a bit of her journey as a contemporary artist working to confront stereotypical thinking and prejudice through art.  Learn more about her work here.

Co-sponsored by The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Ross Commons, Anderson Freeman Resource Center and Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Chellis House Women's Resource Center, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753
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