5/8/12: Kay Turner, Living with the Sacred: The Home Altar as Ex-voto
At the John D. Calandra Institute, New York, NY:
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 6 pm
Living with the Sacred: The Home Altar as Ex-voto
Kay Turner, Brooklyn Arts Council/New York University
Using Italian-American and Mexican-American examples from her research on Catholic women's domestic altar traditions, folklorist Kay Turner discusses the liveliness of relationships between women and the saints they venerate personally. For these women, holy images and statues are not just static representations, but signs of affiliation and maternal legacy. At the altar associations with the saints are built over time, using multiple means such as prayer, narrative, and ritual. The talk is presented in cooperation with the Brooklyn Arts Council and its festival Half the Sky: Brooklyn Women in Traditional Performance, April-June 2012.
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor
New York, New York 10036
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Please note: Due to ongoing renovation of our building's lobby, the 43rd
Street entrance will be closed. There will be an alternate entrance through
the retail space to the east of the 43rd Street entrance during business
hours (7 am - 8 pm). After 8 pm or on weekends, please use the entrance at
28 West 44th Street. The 44th Street entrance is also available during
regular business hours.
RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094. Please note that seating is limited and we
cannot reserve seats.