Sacred Treasures is a very special exhibition of ritual objects used and/or worn in the practice of various faith traditions. The exhibit will encompass the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Native American traditions. The ritual objects will include head coverings, vestments, and jewelry, prayer rugs, prayer books, sculpture, and wall hangings, each presented with an explanation. The objects are all on loan from members if the IFLC board and friends of IFLC.
The exhibition is being curated by artist, IFLC board member, and University of Michigan professor Nancy Thayer. It is a joint program with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) in Birmingham.
“As a member of the IFLC board and the Education Committee it is my intention to bring to the Metropolitan Detroit community greater awareness and understanding of these faith traditions through the objects that are used in each,” says Thayer. “By collaborating with the BBAC we are able to reach a new audience and further our goals including promoting interfaith education so that the metropolitan Detroit community can benefit from the synergies and creative benefits that knowledge and understanding can provide, and encouraging and nurturing interfaith groups and networks.”
On January 24, the exhibition will open with a public reception from 6 – 8 pm, where members of each faith community will be present to greet attendees and answer questions. The reception is free and all are welcome to attend.