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Stations of the Cross: public art project with installation at CCNY opens February 14

Stations of the Cross Banner with Dates February 14-April 1
Stations of the Cross will take place from Feb. 14-April 1 and will kick off with a panel discussion Art, Religion, Politics, Justice: A City College Conversation on Thursday, February 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the North Academic Center, Room 0/201.
Aithan Shapira's work of art Hope
Aithan Shapira's "Hope." Photo Credit: Chai, 2015 Concrete and line. 72″ x 72″ x 24″-installation view, Aithan Shapira

Stations of the Cross, a unique public art project, takes visitors on a creative contemplative and spiritual journey through Manhattan. The Lenten season exhibition weaves through 14 religious and secular art spaces, from The Cloisters museum in Inwood to The City College of New York in Harlem to the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan. Each installation, or station, along the trail breaks open the final journey of Jesus as a man, inviting people of all faiths to consider injustice across the human experience with a focus on migration and the plight of immigrants and refugees.  

Station 2: Jesus Takes up the Cross will be installed at City College on Sunday, February 11 at the North Academic Center Plaza, Convent Avenue & West 138 Street and continues across Amsterdam to The Harlem Peace Wall mosaic in the Jacob Schiff Sports field. The piece, entitled Hope, by Aithan Shapira, consists of life preservers cast in cement.

To mark the opening of the two month exhibition, a panel discussion Art, Religion, Politics, Justice: A City College Conversation will take place at CCNY on Thursday, February 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the North Academic Center, Room 0/201. The goal of the meeting, led by Glen Milstein, associate professor of Psychology, is to amplify the words of the members of our community who are experts - both academically and personally - on immigrant and refugee thriving and risks. We will dialogue with international artists and activists so we may, "float with our shared humanity.” On March 15, Scriptural Reasoning and the Refugee Crisis will take place in the NAC from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross runs from February 14 – April 1, 2018 (Ash Wednesday – Easter) and features opportunities for reflection, worship, discussion and connection at different sites. All are free and open to the public; some may require RSVP. Hours of operation will vary, so please check with each location. To enrich their journey, visitors are encouraged to use the exhibit’s custom app, Alight, which offers maps and podcasts from leading artists and thinkers to guide users on their way.

Stations of the Cross has curated exhibitions across the world raising awareness of social justice issues. It began in London in 2016, with stops including the National Gallery, the Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. In 2017, it was held in Washington, D.C., with stops at the National Cathedral, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and adjacent to the Supreme Court.

For more information about Stations of the Cross, visit

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Ashley Arocho

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