Do you know who had a tough job? Pope Gregory the Great, the guy who narrowed down the deadly sins to just seven. He had to roll vainglory into pride, and acedia (Greek for not to care) into sadness, a sin that the church eventually replaced with sloth. Now that being lazy is a worse offense than being mopey, watch out for the other six: pride, envy, wrath, lust, greed, and gluttony. Before you reach for another empanada, consider the consequences: being force-fed rats and brutally dismembered for an eternity in Hell.
But multiple servings of empanadas are so very tempting, which is why everyone from Dante to Gilligans Island has been wrestling with the idea of being punished for our human urges. Even Miamis own Bakehouse Art Complex is weighing in with ¡Sin!, an exhibit exploring the seven vices origins, virtues, and punishments. Submissions were culled from across the nation, and the jury includes key players on the local art scene. Greed is covered by the Bass Museums Silvia Karman Cubiñá, lust is the Lowe Art Museums Brian Dursum, envy is ArtCenters Jeremy Chestler, gluttony is MOCAs Bonnie Clearwater, sloth is MAMs Peter Boswell, wrath is Frosts Carol Damian, and pride is the Wolfsonians Cathy Leff. ¡Sin! opens Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a live performance by electro-acoustic band Stokeswood and runs through January 24.
Mondays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 29. Continues through Jan. 24, 2010