|[February 11, 2013]
Art Exhibit of Sacred Texts Past, Present and Future, Set to Open Feb. 15 at Santa Clara University
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Drawings from an English-language Qur'an that seeks to illustrate and
make accessible 1400-year-old Suras for Americans today. A
27-foot "prayer rope" designed to reflect society's unatoned sins.
Sections of the Torah excised letter by letter and reimagined as a Hindu
text. Bibles rescued after Hurricane Katrina.
These are among the thought-provoking and striking works of art on
display as part of Santa Clara University's Ignatian Center for Jesuit
Education's yearlong series of lectures, events, and exhibits entitled Sacred
Texts in the Public Sphere.
The art exhibit, Dialoguing with Sacred Text, an Exhibit of Sacred
Texts Past, Present, and Future, will be on display from Feb. 15 to
June 30 at Santa Clara University's archives and special collections
gallery in the Harrington Learning Commons.
"Sacred texts breathe life into religious and secular culture in a
variety of expected and unexpected ways," said Michael McCarthy, S.J.,
executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. "This
exhibit explores and experiments with the form, meaning, and activity of
sacred texts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow."
The exhibit features 15 artists including:
*Renée Billingslea, a Santa Clara University professor of art and
art history, who created a "Bible Shirt" containing interspersed
Biblical text and buttons.
*Sandow Birk, whose drawings are part of a comprehensive project
to transcribe Qu'ran Suras in English and illustrate them with
scenes from contemporary American life.
*Mel Day, an interdisciplinary artist, who created a "study guide
for experimental contemplatives" in the form of fabricated books that
navigate spiritual practice.
*Daniel Essig, who created a mixed-media book structure that
incorporates unusual woods, handmade paper, found objects, fossils, and
*Sarah Filley, whose work of a 27-foot prayer rope
will be on display on the second and third flors of the Harrington
*Terri Garland, who created portraits of prayer books and
Bibles pulled from flooded churches after Hurricane Katrina.
*Lisa Kokin, whose work incorporates buttons,
thread, found photos, and altered books to subvert original meaning,
such as the text of the Jewish Kaddish overlaid by Kokin's mother's last
words to her daughter.
Additional artists in the exhibit include Seyed Alavi, Will Deutsch,
Donald and Era Farnsworth, Cari Ferraro, Amy Hibbs, Thomas
Ingmire, Richard Wagener, and Katarina Wong.
Curator Michelle Townsend, a veteran of the Bay Area art community, said
the exhibit sought to answer questions such as: What matters most about
sacred text, the object or the content Is a sacred text still sacred
when it is altered or transformed
An opening reception for Dialoguing with Sacred Texts: An Exhibit of
Sacred Texts Past, Present, and Future will be held on Feb. 21, from
5 to 7 p.m. at Santa Clara University's archives and special collections
gallery in the Harrington Learning Commons. In addition, an
artist-reflection roundtable will be held on May 23 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
in the St. Clare Room of the Harrington Learning Commons.
RSVPs for the Dialoguing with Sacred Texts opening reception are
requested by Tuesday, Feb. 19. To RSVP, please contact Margaret Glomb at email@example.com
Details about all events can be found at: http://www.scu.edu/ignatiancenter/institute/exhibit/index.cfm
About the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education promotes and enhances the
distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Santa Clara
University, with a view to serving students, faculty, staff, and through
them the larger community, both local and global. The vision of the
Ignatian Center is to be recognized throughout Silicon Valley as
providing leadership for the integration of faith, justice, and the
intellectual life. The Center supports four signature programs: Bannan
Institutes, which are yearlong thematic programs engaging contemporary
religious, cultural, and theological issues; community-based learning
programs connecting students, the classroom, and the local community;
immersion programs engaging students, faculty, and staff with the
realities of communities locally, nationally, and globally; and sharing
the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius with the broader Santa Clara
community. More information is available at www.scu.edu/ignatiancenter/.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university
located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley,
offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in
arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master's
and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one
of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities,
California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates
faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more
information, see www.scu.edu.
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