Thursday, April 20, 2017
Ilise Greenstein, The Sister Chapel, 1978
In the 1970s, while Greenstein was looking at Michelangelo’s infamous Sistine Chapel, she noticed a glaring issue: “Where was woman in man’s relationship to God? God and Adam touching hands—almost. Where was Eve?” Greenstein was inspired to create an alternative chapel, made by women, for women. “I decided that I would challenge the Michelangelo concept; I would retell the myth of creation.”
I am in love with his chapel, because it challenges the traditional stereotypes of women's role within society and their relationship to God. Goddess Durga who is known for strength and power within Hinduism, is gloried within this chapel along with many other heroic female role models.