Exhibition - Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral

Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 at 10:00am

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Please call before attending any community events. It is likely that they will be postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus. You can find CDC coronavirus information at cdc.gov/coronavirus; AARP has additional resources at aarp.org/coronavirus.

On Massachusetts’s North Shore, artist Stephanie Cole has been quietly working out of her Rockport home for over forty years. Her introspective work largely consists of assemblages, conceived in a range of media and layered with found objects collected by Cole over seven decades. From the minute to the monumental, these affecting bits—and the fully realized forms—symbolize the many phases of the artist’s life and the complex arc of her spiritual journey.

The eighteen works in Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral focus upon sacred spaces and religious iconography.

Cole began composing sculptures in the 1980s with all manner of things—ceramic shards, figurines, household objects, repurposed clothing, museum tags, seashells and natural materials, discarded jewelry, and countless other artifacts. She explains, “My making ‘things’ using whatever was at hand enabled me to speak artistically in ways paintings alone couldn’t. Because of that, I now ‘paint with stuff.’”

Cole’s work evokes both her physical and spiritual selves, and this duality is evidenced throughout Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral. The stained-glass panels resemble stately church windows, yet they are rooted in domestic themes. Her lush mosaics hold space as altars, each one exalting an earthly person, place, or thing. There is a vestment adorned with clothing labels and a reliquary containing the artist’s DNA. Even the jovial Key West dovetails the mortal and religion realms, its shell-encased arms raised in a cross-shaped gesture.

The works on view in Secular Cathedral are deeply personal to Cole and reveal a great deal about what and who she holds dear. Yet for all their autobiographical subject matter, the poignant sculptures universally resonate. While viewers may not directly share her memories, all can glean inspiration from a life well lived and well loved.

Curated by Beth McLaughlin, Fuller Craft Museum Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

Exhibition Dates: January 25, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Admission:
Adults - $12
Seniors - $10
Students - $8
Children Under 12 - Free
Members - Free
Brockton Residents - Free
5:00 – 9:00 pm Free

This event listing provided for the Brockton community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. If you have an event to share, let us know!

Images provided by AmericanTowns.com, Ticketmaster

More from AARP in Brockton

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »


You can find CDC’s latest coronavirus information at cdc.gov/coronavirus; AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today

JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR

  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Brockton
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner
JOIN NOW