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Join Ittai Weinryb, curator of the exhibition Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place for an in-depth tour that will give audiences a behind the scenes look at this expansive exhibition. Encompassing exquisite works of art as well as those of humble origin crafted from modest material, more than 300 objects dating from 2000 BC to the twenty-first century will be on display. Powerful works from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, representing the majority of world religions, will expose the global nature of votive practices and the profoundly personal nature behind their creation.

January 6
11:00 am–12:00 pm

Adults $8/Students and Seniors $5
18 West 86th Street, Gallery

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Join us on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 for First Wednesdays Jazz in the GalleryMuseum admission and gallery programs will be free from 6–8 pm on the first Wednesday evening of the month (except September and January). Visitors will have access to the exhibition, enjoy live jazz, free drinks, and have the option to participate in a curated conversation around an exhibition object.

First Wednesdays Jazz in the Gallery is guest curated by musician Gene Perla.

Adam Niewood (saxophone)
Sean Gough (keyboard)
Gene Perla (double-bass)
Doug Hirlinger (drums)

December 5
6–8 pm
18 West 86th Street, Gallery

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First Wednesdays Conversation: The Armenian Gospel Book

Join Dr. Sylvie Merian, an Armenian manuscript and book scholar, for a conversation on the Armenian Gospel book on display in our exhibition Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place.

December 5
7–7:45 pm

Free with RSVP.

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On December 5 in honor of the festive season members will receive a special holiday discount of 20% in person at our gallery shop. Choose from our many beautifully designed publications, tote bags and accessories.

You can become a member at any time prior to December 5 by clicking here. The pull-down menu provides a list of benefits associated with each level.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Gene Perla was raised in New Jersey where he studied classical piano and trombone. After attending Berklee School of Music he moved to New York and began his musical career as a jazz bassist. He has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Stone Alliance, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and others. Other efforts include Broadway sound design (Tony Award for “City of Angels”), recording studio operations, and Webmaster for the Jazz Education Network.

Dr. Sylvie L. Merian received her B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in chemistry and art history, and her Ph.D. in Armenian Studies from Columbia University, writing a dissertation titled “The Structure of Armenian Bookbinding and Its Relation to Near Eastern Bookmaking Traditions.” As Curatorial Assistant, she contributed extensively to the Pierpont Morgan Library’s 1994 exhibition, Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts, and was a contributor to the accompanying catalogue. She is also a contributing author of the catalogue for the exhibition, Armenia!, currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which will be open until Jan. 13, 2019. She has published and lectured on Armenian codicology, binding, silverwork, and manuscript illumination. She currently works at The Morgan Library & Museum as Reader Services Librarian.

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Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place
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Ex Voto New York: Votive Sites in the Five Boroughs, A Digital Map
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