Friday, April 20, 2018

‘Who Art Thou?’ Exploring Judaism through art at Greenport Synagogue

'The Rabbi’ a sculpture by the late North Fork artist Robert Strimban.
GREENPORT, NY--A group of eight Jewish artists have come together in search of a deeper understanding, insight and connection to Judaism through their art in a multimedia exhibit entitled “Who Art Thou?” at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport. Through the guidance of Rabbi Gadi Capela, “Who Art Thou?” is a culmination of monthly presentations, discussions and Jud-aic interpretations at the synagogue. The exhibition honors the late North Fork illustrator and sculptor Robert Strimban and runs through May 20 with an opening reception on Sunday, March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is open to the public, all are welcome. The exhibit will also feature “The Rabbi,” a paper sculpture by Mr. Strimban nearly completed for the show prior to his death, which came suddenly on December 29, 2017 at the end of an illustrious career. [More]

8 contemporary stained glass artists redefining the ancient craft

By Emma Taggart
Vitrail de la série "Lamentation", détail (2016), Kehinde Wiley (né en 1977) - Petit Palais, Paris VIIIe. Image courtesy of Yvette Gauthier
Though the words “stained glass art” may trigger thoughts of medieval cathedral windows, today’s contemporary artists are proving that the thousand-year-old craft is anything but outdated. In 2011, American sound architect Christopher Janney was commissioned by Miami International Airport to create an interactive sound and light installation featuring stained glass. Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin created the monumental Watertower sculpture made from steel and about 1,000 pieces of colorful plexiglas. Having recently painted the former president Barack Obama’s official portrait, New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley’s work reinvents classic religious imagery by celebrating modern-day people of color. Read on for our list of artists who are redefining what stained glass art is today. [More]

Thursday, April 19, 2018

21c Oklahoma City Presents 'Pop Stars! Popular Culture And Contemporary Art'

Fahamu Pecou (American), Broken Open (detail), 2016. Acrylic, enamel, spray paint and gold leaf on canvas
OKLAHOMA CITY--Fahamu Pecou is featured in "Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art" at 21c Museum Hotel | Oklahoma City opening on April 26. Superheroes and celebrities, totems and toys: the imagery of manufactured fantasy is reframed in the visual language of historical iconography in this multi-media exploration of popular culture today. The artists featured appropriate images and practices from commerce, science, politics, religion, sports, and technology, to illuminate recent shifts in how culture is being created and consumed, intertwining past and present in transformative new intersections of art and life. The opening reception on April 26 begins at 6 pm with introductory remarks on the exhibition by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites and a special lecture by featured artist Fahamu Pecou. [RSVP]

Dancing with the divine feminine in NYC

By Julia Hirsch
Eight Great Bodhisattvas by Karsang Lama | Courtesy of the Dharmapala Thangka Centre
NEW YORK--In Vajrayana Buddhism, one of the quickest ways to become a buddha is to imagine yourself as one. But while the classic stories of enlightenment are filled with male protagonists and buddhas, enlightened women are not given nearly the same play, leaving female practitioners with few heroines to emulate. A new exhibition at Tibet House US in Manhattan seeks to even the odds. Divine Feminine: New Masterpieces from Nepal, on view through May 11, 2018, is a series of 50 new works from master Nepalese artist Karsang Lama. Museumgoers may cover a fair amount of ground in a single visit, yet each piece is bursting with such intricate symbolism and iconography that the collection merits a return—if not in this lifetime, then the next. [More]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Indiana Landmarks seeks to pair art groups, religious buildings

By Margaret Fosmoe

SOUTH BEND, IN---With a new program, Indiana Landmarks Inc. will seek to pair arts groups lacking permanent homes in the South Bend, Mishawaka and Elkhart areas with religious congregations that have room to spare. It’s called Art in Sacred Places. Religious buildings often are underused except on weekends and may have interesting space that art groups could use, said Todd Zeiger, northern regional director for Indiana Landmarks. There will be a free one-hour online video information session about the pilot program on Thursday, April 26. Register to join the information session by emailing Zeiger at: [More]