Mary Griep: Anastylosis Project 1998 – 2016

September 9 – January 22, 2017

Lecture: Professor Lindsay Jones, Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 2016, 6-7:30 p.m.

Reception Dialogue at 5 p.m with Professors Mary Griep and Lindsay Jones.


Over the past 18 years, Mary Griep, Professor of Art and Associate Dean of Fine Arts at St. Olaf College, has created a body of drawings inspired by sacred architecture of the 11th and 12th centuries from around the world. This exhibition celebrates Griep’s 25 years of teaching at St. Olaf, and her long and fruitful artistic career, bringing together the entirety of the large-scale drawings of the Anastylosis Project for the very first time.

The expansive drawings explore the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres (France), the Hindu temple of Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the Buddhist temple of Thatbyinnyu (Myanmar), the Ulu Camii Mosque of Divrigi (Turkey), the Mayan Palace of the Governors (Mexico), the Stavkirke of Borgund (Norway), the Mayan temple El Castillo (Mexico), the Byzantine Orthodox Church Hagios Dimitrios (Greece), the Franziskanerkirche of Salzburg (Austria), and the Basilica of San Marco of Venice (Italy).

“Anastylosis” refers to the practice of restoring a monument by dismantling and rebuilding the structure using the original methods and materials as closely as possible. Griep’s title is a nod to each building’s physical, cultural, and historical layers, and a celebration of the palimpsest that results as monuments are reimagined at different moments in history. Her drawings compress centuries of use, spiritual practice, and restoration, offering a reflection on the long and numinous lives of these sacred spaces.

Anastylosis - Invite - Outside

Programming is co-sponsored by the Department of Religion, St. Olaf College.

Click here to access the audio guide for the Anastylosis Project.


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Christmas Break December 20–January 2