In “Altarations: A Selection of Shrines”—at Dorchester Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave. Boston, from July 21 to Aug. 26, 2018—56 artists ponder the nature of shrines. Mine DaCosta presents a memorial to her late sister. Alex Miklowski’s offers bedazzled crosses. Kate Frazer Rego pays homage to lady parts. Rebecca Rose Greene pays homage to gentleman parts. (Hey, I’ve also got a painting in the show myself.)
Sophia Giordano and Emma Levitt, the organizers of the exhibition—a closing reception is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m.—write that: “A shrine is a sacred place or object. It can be religious, cultural, personal, political, public or private, dedicated to one deity or concept or person or event, or exist with a multitude of meanings and devotions. It can be deliberately created as a sacred place or object, or the object can evolve to be designated as sacred. It can be dedicated to the memory of the past, or represent a hope for the present or future.
“The show will function as a collective shrine, made up of our individual definitions and expressions of this vast topic. What do we find holy? As a society we are lacking a common mythology to give our lives spiritual meaning. We all find different ways to fill this void, often coming from our family traditions but filtered through time and place. It is our intent to celebrate the myriad fashions of shrining by showing them together in one space.
“We are elated to present a total of 56 artists involved with this show. We will be exhibiting painting, photography, sculpture, performance art, video, collections of objects from people’s personal collections, and everything in between. We were honored to receive so many diverse submissions and we can’t wait to experience them existing in tandem with each other.”
Featured artists include: Alex Miklowski, Alexander Kalil, Alexis Agway, Allen Simon, Allison Tanenhaus, Angel Rose, Anisha Baid, Ankara, Anna Rock, Avi Weinstein, Brian Huntress, Cai Diluvio, Caitlin Thornbrugh, Calvrett Aninye, Carolina Laredo, Chris DAmore, Christine Hoepfner, Christopher Konopka, Claire Spelkoman, Danielle Robbins, Dena Haden, Duane Gorey, Elizabeth Menges, Elizabeth Noble, Greg Cook, Heather Kapplow, Hilary Emmons, Holly Czapski (Mac & Craft), Jacob Leadoff, Jessica Capogiro, Jodi Colella, QUISOL, Kae James, Kate Frazer Rego, Katya Popova & Adam Tuch, Kit Collins, Laurel Hoffer, Lilly Dickinson, Maria Molteni, Mary Curtin, Max Razdow, Max Reinhard, Meaghan Greene, Melissa Dole, Miki Kokubo, Mine DaCosta, Nate Tucker, Nirvana Lildharrie, Nigel Jones, Olivia Portegello, Rebecca Greene, Rebecca Stromberg, Sarah Dudek, Soyoon Hia Cha, Stacy Mohammed, and Tracy Huerta.