Text: Saint Javelin. Image: Modern photograph of a painting depicting a Mary-like figure in a green hood

Saint Javelin: Art, Faith and Mobilization (Aug. 2023)

Thursday, Aug. 24 - 6 p.m. Auditorium and YouTube Live

March 2022 saw the viral rise of an icon symbolizing Ukrainian resistance to Russian invasion. Saint Javelin continues a tradition begun in World War I of Christian saint imagery being mass-produced for public consumption during wartime.

As the Museum and Memorial's exhibition of Saint Javelin draws to a close, two key figures in the icon's popularity – Christian Borys, former journalist and founder of the Saint Javelin corporation, and California-based artist Chris Shaw, who created the original painting that Saint Javelin is based on – will join in conversation with Museum and Memorial Specialist Curator Patricia Cecil and President and CEO Matthew Naylor. They will address the contemporary parallels, through religious iconography, between WWI and the present-day conflict, in a discussion on art, faith and mobilization amid catastrophe.

Afterwards, continue the discussion on global democracy and resistance – and celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day – in a ticketed reception on the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge in partnership with Stand With Ukraine KC. All proceeds will directly benefit Ukrainian aid organizations.

Panel: Free with RSVP | 6 p.m. | Auditorium and YouTube Live
Reception: $30 | 7 p.m. | Glass Bridge


Made possible through the generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc.