Sunday, April 3, 2016

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

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By Ernest and Gregory Disney-Britton
"Untitled" (2011) by Newsha Tavakolian from the series Listen at the LACMA
As generators of life lessons, shapers of moral thinking, and as advocates for social justice, our clergy seem to matter less and less as more of us turn to artists to address religious concerns. This week, we learned of the passing of Mother Angelica in Alabama, one of the icons of old religious thinking, and we also learned that gay actor Sean Hayes will return to Broadway to play God. At the same time, museums like LACMA in California are expanding the parameters of what we think about as Islamic art by collecting works by contemporary artists such Newsha Tavakolian (above). Question for today: In whom do you trust to shape moral thinking? 

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