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Catherine Cabaniss: Palimpsests

art exhibtion 03 May, 2017 - 16 June, 2017

[BBLA Gallery]


The exhibition introduces two series of works evolving around ancient palimpsests, parchment on which the writing has been erased by monks to create space for new text when often the old text still shows through. The artist has used cultural and social references from her travels and encounters in Ireland and the Czech Republic, such as old Irish poems or grave stones from the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague. Her use of modern materials and techniques reveals historical symbols and stories to the contemporary viewer.


Catherine Cabaniss is a visual artist who creates primarily oil landscape paintings and various graphic arts. Her works are represented in the collections of New Britain Museum of American Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, National Gallery in Prague, and Mobile Museum of Art.


Together with her husband Bill, she spent three years in Prague from 2004-2006 where Bill served as the Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Catherine entered the Czech art community and brought together foreign diplomats with Czech visual artists during her regular guided tours of museums and galleries. 


BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021
Viewing hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(Please note that BBLA's exhibition space is occasionally closed for events. Call 212-988-1733 to verify access.)

Free and open to the public. The exhibition is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation with support of BBLA. 

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General