Art As Advocacy

Trinity frequently sponsors art installations and exhibitions that have a strong social justice component. Recent exhibits include Blood Mirror, a sculpture and video installation protesting the FDA ban on blood donations from non-celibate gay men, the photography exhibit Episcopal Relief & Development: Seventy Five Years of Healing, and Another Day Lost, an installation that evoked the plight of Syrian refugees.


Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest

February 17– March 21, 2018, Saint Paul’s Chapel
Opening Reception, March 1

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was the first African-American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest. Throughout her life, Pauli Murray was a leading human rights activist, historian, attorney, poet, and teacher. The great-granddaughter of slaves and slave owners, Pauli Murray became an advisor to presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy and a lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Murray refused to sit in the back of a bus, and 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in Washington, D.C., while a law student at Howard University. She was the first African-American awarded a doctorate of law from Yale University (who recently named a college for her), and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW).  In 2012, she was named an Episcopal saint.

Trinity Church is joined by the Pauli Murray Center in Durham, North Carolina in presenting an interactive exhibit about Murray’s life and legacy. The exhibit will be open February 17-March 21.

A play about Pauli Murray’s life, To Buy the Sun, will be presented in Saint Paul’s Chapel on April 5, 6, and 7 at 7pm and on April 7 at 2pm. More information can be found below.


To Buy the Sun

To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray

Thursday, April 5-Saturday April, 7 at 7pm
Saturday, April 7 at 2pm
St Paul’s Chapel
Tickets $15

To Buy the Sun, an original play by Lynden Harris, explores Pauli Murray’s extraordinary life and the challenge she offers us all.

The play opens on an evening in 1977, as Pauli Murray returns to the old family home for the first time in decades to reflect on the life and times of America and her place in its history. As Pauli Murray revisits old haunts and old friends, from Harlem to Harvard and Eleanor Roosevelt to Betty Friedan, the purpose of her life takes on a new and unexpected shape. Learn more.

Major sponsors for the spring 2018 tour of To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray are Trinity Church Wall Street and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. To Buy the Sun is a collaborative effort of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/FHI, the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice and Hidden Voices. Drawn from original works by Pauli Murray with permission of the Pauli Murray Foundation.

Learn more about Pauli Murray herehere, and here.


Stations of the Cross

An Art Exhibition across Manhattan in 14 Iconic Destinations
February 14 – April 1, 2018

People of all faiths and spiritualities are invited on a creative and contemplative journey through Manhattan to consider injustice across the human experience.

Stations of the Cross presents a pilgrimage comprised of 14 art stations, from the Cloisters to the 9/11 Memorial. Each location presents a new work of art or adds a fresh perspective to an existing memorial, highlighting the contemporary relevance of the Passion, Jesus’ final hours.

Traditionally, the Stations of the Cross have served to evoke empathy with those who suffer, as Jesus did, at the hands of injustice. This year’s exhibit focuses on the experience of immigrants and refugees, exploring feelings of despair, exploitation, abandonment, and hope. 

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