Michelle Andonian: This Picture I Gift

February 16-April 27, 2019

Chasing the ghosts of her ancestors, Michelle Andonian traveled to the historic land of the Armenians.  Her grandmother was a survivor of the first genocide of the 20th century in 1915.  Retracing her path, Andonian was led to many of the churches and homes the Armenians were forced to leave 100 years ago, and to the landlocked country that remains, proudly, Armenia.

A kingdom over four thousand years ago, Armenia, at its peak size under Tigranes the Great during the first century BC, stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Caspian Sea--most of present-day Turkey. When religious leader Gregory the Illuminator succeeded in making Armenia the world's first Christian state in 301 AD, the Armenian empire still occupied a major footprint in Asia Minor, as the general area also is known. 

"I found myself in a land of past kings, queens, castles, crusades and genocide. Here, history lay in ruins. Moving deeper into the mountains in Turkey and what is historically known as The Armenian Highlands, there were over 2,000 active churches, until 1915. Evidence of them still exists in the bullet-scarred and bombed facades along with the thousands of crosses carved into the walls of the stone skeletons of worship. You cannot erase a culture or reinvent history." - Michelle Andonian

Curator's Tour: April 4, 12:15pm
The curators of this exhibition, Lauren Wolfer and Charles Shepard, will lead you on an engaging and lively gallery tour of Michelle Andonian's "This Picture I Gift".

From their insider points of view, curators offer deeper insight into FWMoA exhibitions. Tours are free with museum admission.

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