Special Event

Reception and Reflections: Holy City

Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 6:00pm

Join celebrated artist Brian Whelan and special guests for a reception celebrating Holy City, currently on exhibit at the Cathedral, and a discussion of the representation of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith through art.

Created by Brian Whelan for the Cathedral, Holy City is a series of nine paintings representing the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. When displayed together, the panels create a work of art 9 x 12 feet. It is, in his words, “an abstracted, disarming vision of cultural unity [where] hospitality would be offered to all pilgrims.”

To explore the expression of faith in his art, Whelan will be joined by Dr. Deborah Sokolove of Wesley Theological Seminary, Dr. Ori  Z. Soltes of Georgetown University, and Mr. Sabir Rahman and artists from Jews and Muslims Making Art Together. Might these three Abrahamic faiths live in unity someday? What is the role of art in buttressing our hopes or reflecting the world as it is? Come for the exhibit and reception (halal and kosher food) and a lively interfaith discussion.


  • Reception with appetizers and drinks begins at 6pm (all food and drink are halal and kosher)
  • View Holy City in the North Transept and additional work by Brian Whelan, From Transept to Tower: The Work of Brian Whelan, in the seventh-floor gallery.
  • Speakers begin 6:45


Free, RSVP’s requested, not required.

  • Admission
  • Dates Offered
    • September 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm