NEW HAVEN — “Luminous Transportations,” a site-specific installation by artist Jo Yarrington, is on view at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel through April 27. The exhibition is curated by author and architectural historian Judith Dupré, an M.Div. candidate at YDS and the Institute of Sacred Music.
The work consists of a ribbon of 80 translucent photographs that wrap around the chapel’s interior. Fitted into the chapel’s windowpanes, these fragmented glimpses are structured in subtle, episodic cadences that recall musical rhythms, stained glass, and the pages of an illuminated manuscript.
Marquand Chapel is located at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect St., New Haven. General hours for viewing the installation are weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., although visitors should call in advance (203-432-5303) to confirm precise visitation times. Chapel services are held weekdays 10:30-11:30 am and are open to the public.
Yarrington, a professor of studio art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, describes the imagery, taken during her peregrinations of the last twenty years, as an attempt to “capture and retain through photography, random but compelling experiences in which I explored the nature of spirituality.”
Dupré said, “One’s gaze shifts constantly between the overall work and individual details, the profusion of which conjures life’s fragmentary and ephemeral nature, and how we grasp, lose, and refashion ourselves and sense of place—individually, in community, and over time.
“As we move away from winter’s darkness into springtime’s new light, the installation invites us to cast off old ways of seeing and being and open ourselves to Easter’s promise of transformation.”
In keeping with the work’s organic nature, Yarrington invited YDS students and faculty to collaborate on images that were incorporated into the installation.
Yarrington’s drawing, photographs, and architecturally based installations have been shown in exhibitions at Artists Space, Rotunda Gallery, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, National Museum of Catholic Art, all in New York City; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT. International exhibitions have included Galeria Sala Uno and the Temple Gallery, both in Italy; Centro de las Artes de Guanajuato in Mexico; Christuskirche in Germany; the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Cathedral, and Garnetthill Synagogue, all in Scotland.
Among Dupré’s recent books are Monuments (Random House, 2007), a collection of illustrated, nonfiction narratives about American memorials that examines the reasons—political, psychological, and emotional—for building them, and Churches (HarperCollins, 2001), illustrated essays on landmark Christian houses of worship from the first century to present day.