'Nativity Scenes from the Americas' On Display At College Of New Rochelle

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- During this holiday season, The College of New Rochelle Castle Gallery will present 'Nativity Scenes from the Americas," as a reminder to all residents of what we all have in common across the globe.

This triptych is part of the "Nativity Scenes from the Americas" exhibit.

This triptych is part of the "Nativity Scenes from the Americas" exhibit.

Photo Credit: College of New Rochelle

Featuring a curated selection of the Kate Canty Crèche Collection, Nativity Scenes from the Americas is on display at the Castle Gallery on college's main campus from Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Jan.10, 2016. 

To help kick off the exhibit, the college will hold an opening reception Sunday, Dec. 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. and a Family Day with an art project on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Eileen Canty, an alumna and former psychology professor at The College of New Rochelle School of Arts & Sciences, and her husband, Jim, began collecting crèches to commemorate their travels in 1985. 

The collection, named in honor of their late daughter Kate, grew out of the Canty’s “love for the Nativity, appreciation of folk art, and interest in travel and foreign lands and their peoples.” 

The entire collection features more than 1,000 items from more than 90 countries and 40 states. The exhibit features some 60 pieces from different countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, the American Southwest, and Canada. The “nacimientos” (Spanish for Nativity Scene) include Peruvian retablos (shrine-like boxes), triptychs (three-paneled paintings) from Venezuela and New Mexico, and clay objects such as a candleholder from Mexico. 

Curator Nereida Segura-Rico, associate professor of modern and classical languages at the college said that the exhibit reveals “a shared history of migration and cultural melding that highlights what we have in common across borders.” 

For general information, tours, and directions to the Castle Gallery and The College of New Rochelle, call 914-654-5423. For more information, click here.

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