Sunday, April 23, 2017

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Greg & Ernest Disney-Britton
The face of Christ in Mark Wallinger's "Ecce Homo" (1999) at St. Pauls. Courtesy of St. Paul's Cathedral
Mark Wallinger’s life-sized sculpture of Christ, "Ecce Homo," took to the road in the UK, this spring, and Alpha Omega Arts is taking to the road this summer. While we're not headed to the UK, you are invited to join us on three road trips to Chicago, IL (June 24), Cleveland, OH (July 15), and Williamstown, KY (August 6), to explore contemporary interpretations and Medieval artifacts. It's been five years since our last series of summer road trips, and we’re excited to bring them back! Over the last 40-days of Lent when Alpha Omega Arts paused publishing, we spent that time in prayer and planning for the future. We developed a new mission statement and a set new goals for our return on Easter Sunday, April 16th. We also agreed that these road trips are one of the most exciting ways to enjoy this passion with other artists and collectors. So, mark your calendars, and prepare to take to the road with Alpha Omega Arts. Yes, Lent is over, and we're back!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Month is a time to remember acts of genocide, past and present

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
By Abraham J. Peck
A piece of art by Holocaust survivor Helga Weissova-Hoskova. April is Holocaust Remembrance Month, recalling the crimes of genocide committed in Europe by the Nazis. It's also a time to remember other acts of genocide that continue to take place today. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal
Every April I remember and mourn. I mourn my maternal Jewish grandfather and the 12 uncles and aunts and their extended families murdered in the Holocaust by the evil that we call genocide. But I am comforted to some extent by the knowledge that I am not alone. Other communities share this month to commemorate their own genocides. Armenians, Cambodians, Rwandans and Darfuris share with me membership in a horrific fraternity/sorority of sorrow. But the murderers murdered and the dead cannot be brought back to life. What do we do with our memories and with our soul wounds, those of us who bear the burden of our genocides? And how can humanity begin to understand the “other” in its midst as our brothers and sisters?[link]

NYT Editorial: The Supreme Court weighs the church-state division

THE NEW YORK TIMES | SUNDAY REVIEW
By Editorial Board
The playground at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo. Credit Annaliese Nurnberg/Missourian, via Associated Press
On Wednesday, nine justices, including the court’s newest member, Neil Gorsuch, heard oral arguments in a religious-liberty dispute that, at first glance, looks unremarkable. In the interest of child safety, Missouri provides a limited number of state grants to playground operators to replace hard surfaces with rubber. Trinity Lutheran Church, in the town of Columbia, applied for one of those grants in 2012 to upgrade the playground for its day care and preschool. The state refused to provide the funds because Missouri’s Constitution bars spending any money “directly or indirectly, in aid of any church.” The church sued, arguing that the prohibition violated both the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. With Justice Gorsuch now on the court, advocates for the recently evolved, misguided notion of religious freedom are feeling a lot better about their chances.[link]

Exhibition shuffles briskly and entertainingly through more than 100 years of spirituality in art

IRISH TIMES
By Aidan Dunne
Hilma af Klint, Altarpiece, No 1, Group X, Series Altarpieces, 1915 , Oil and metal leaf on canvas, Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet
DUBLIN, Ireland---One of numerous highlights in As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics is the inclusion of one of Bruce Nauman’s first environmental sculptures, Natural Light, Blue Light Room, from 1971. The artist was totally amenable to the installation being remade for one of the rooms at Imma. Catholic spirituality is also featured. A room is given over to the work of Patrick Pye, the foremost Irish religious artist of the latter half of the 20th century, for example, and his paintings look completely at home in the context. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. [link]