Check It Out: “Piero della Francesca in America”

Just across the park from MOBIA, located right on Fifth Avenue, is the famous Frick Collection. Now on view is an exhibition dedicated to seven works done by Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca (1411/13-1492).  Piero della Francesca in America brings together six panels from the altarpiece of Sant’Agostino, a church in Sansepolcro, Italy, the most extensive reassembling of the polyptych ever exhibited since its dismantling.  The exhibition also features Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels, the artist’s only intact altarpiece in the United States.

Piero della Francesca (c. 1411/13–1492),
“Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels”, c. 1460-70
Oil (and tempera?) on poplar panel, transferred to fabric on panel
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

See Piero’s rendition of saints like Apollonia, patron saint of dentists, and Augustine, whom the artist portrayed as wearing a cloak depicting scenes from the life of Christ.  You may also recognize Augustine’s mother, St. Monica, the focus of a spotlight post on this blog few months ago (did you know that it became a rule of the Augustinian Order that there had to be a likeness of Monica in every Augustinian church?).

Piero della Francesca in America is on view until May 19.  The Frick Collection is located at 10 East 71st Street.

Check It Out: Who Will Protect You

“Who Will Protect You”

MOBIA’s Exhibition Designer, Dean Ebben, is currently having a show at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ!  Check out the digital catalog!

Who Will Protect You will be on view until November 12th.

As the catalog states: “Dean Ebben states, ‘Who will protect you.’  This statement, though simple in syntax and composed of few words, is quite complex.  The ‘who’ in this statement can be almost anyone or anything.  Will your family, friends and loved ones protect you?  Will the government protect you?  Will modern medicine protect you?  Will spiritual entities protect you?  Will you protect yourself?  This proclamation begs even more questions to be asked.  What are you being protected from?  Are you being protected from something dangerous, something known or unknown?  Is this protection precautionary or reactionary?  And, most importantly, what, or rather who, are you?  What are you made of and what makes you worthy of protection?  The open-endedness of Ebben’s initial phrase allows for multiple interpretations and responses, both definitive and abstract, to emerge.  It is within this multiplicity that Ebben explores the notion of protection, working in a variety of media and with an array of imagery.”

Check out his website for more information: