Sacred Spaces: Turkish Mosques & Tombs
Audience:Open to the Public
Photography by Mary Cross
Exhibition dates: October 19-31, 2013
Artist reception: Sunday, October 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University
Bernstein Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment
Contact: Kate Somers, 609-497-2441, firstname.lastname@example.org
PRINCETON, NJ—Leading viewers through unique and profound spaces found across Turkey, the Bernstein Gallery is pleased to present the newest collection of work by photojournalist and essayist Mary Cross. Showing a keen eye for color and design, Cross’s photography of Turkey’s great mosques and tombs provide a spectacular visual journey through some of the most exquisite spaces in the world. Each year since 2007, Cross has visited such Turkish cities as Edirne, Bursa, Istanbul, Konya, and Uskudar, paying homage to the complex beauty and sophistication of Ottoman architecture, a style that emerged in the 14th and 15th centuries.
From the preface of her forthcoming book, Sacred Spaces: Turkish Mosques & Tombs (Quantuck Lane Press, New York, November 2013), Cross writes: “Using contrasts to emphasize the different stages of the journey, the builders threaded the different spaces like so many architectural beads, from uncovered to covered spaces, sunlight to dusky interiors, from the clattery stone-faced floors to the soft and muffled tread on ornate carpets.”
Cross is known for her widely praised books including Egypt, Morocco: Sahara to the Sea and Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth. She has photographed the Stone Age people of Papua New Guinea, the hill tribes of Thailand and the Asmat tribe of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Her work has been shown at the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University; the University of Pennsylvania; and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She also has had shows in Istanbul and Cairo. This is her seventh exhibition at Princeton University.