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Why wrestle angels?
September 28, 2019

Why wrestle angels?

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Wrestling with Angels explores how God relates to man and how man wrestles with God in order to understand life's meaning. In this curator's talk, discover the unspoken assumptions behind the icons, how the iconographer communicates these assumptions artistically and why they matter.

Balancing Creativity and Tradition in Iconography
August 18, 2019

Balancing Creativity and Tradition in Iconography

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

This illustrated lecture will explore the tension between tradition and creativity in the process of designing and executing icons in the 21st century. Using recently completed icons – including one inspired by an icon in the Museum's collection – Maureen will discuss the myriad decisions, artistic and theological, that the iconographer must make, all the while remaining within the canon of a century's old sacred art.

Iconography: A Living Tradition
April 15, 2018

Iconography: A Living Tradition

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, MA

Using recently completed icons inspired by ancient prototypes, Iconographer Maureen McCormick will explore the constraints of tradition, the limits of self-expression, and the role of free will in the creative process of a 21st century iconographer.

Gallery Tour: The Mother of God in Russian Icons
April 14, 2018

Gallery Tour: The Mother of God in Russian Icons

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, MA

Docent Jim Flynn offers a closer look at the Museum's collection of icons of the Virgin Mary, and their presentation and significance in Russian culture and religion, from the coming of Christianity in the 10th century to post-Soviet Russia in the 21st.

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