Sarah Olson, Bouquet of War, Mixed media, 48" x 42", 2005
Courtesy of the artist.
The School of the Arts, Union Theological Seminary , and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are collaborating on a month-long project that brings together artists, scholars and clergy in an exploration of Western images of God and the ways in which these images continue to shape our ideas about the body, sexuality, gender, and spiritual transcendence.
"The Divine Body: God, Gender and the Diversity of Early Christianity," features an art exhibit at Columbia's LeRoy Neiman gallery from October 3-21; an October 6 symposium at Union Theological Seminary, followed by a panel discussion the next day at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
"The Divine Body" challenges conventional views of the divine and human, in order to encourage discussion about how ancient religious images and beliefs continue to reverberate through modern secular life. By illuminating the diversity of our Western religious roots, " The Divine Body" also will speak to current trends of religious extremism.
The multi-dimensional project was conceived by artist Sarah Olson and Professor Annette Yoshiko Reed of McMaster University in Canada.
Eric Fischl, Hysterics of Love, Bronze, edition of 3, 21" x 28" x 54" (detail), 1997. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery.
Art Exhibit :
The rotating art exhibit will be on display at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at the Columbia University School of the Arts from October 3-21. The opening reception on Friday, October 7, is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m at the gallery.
The exhibits, curated by Dean Bruce W. Ferguson, will include works by Columbia Professor Janine Antoni, and artists Sarah Olson, Eric Fischl, Renee Cox, and Andres Serrano.
Public Symposium :
The Union Theological Seminary will host a daylong public symposium in conjunction with the exhibit on Thursday, October 6, titled "Artful Resistance: Lost Christian Texts and Popular Imagination", featuring Elaine Pagels and Eleanor Heartney, and panelists Eric Fischl, Annette Yoshiko Reed and others. The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Panel Discussion :
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will host a panel discussion on Friday, October 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with participating artists, moderated by Professor Reed, and featuring a solo dance performance by Layard Thompson.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, or to pre-register for the symposium, visit http://www.thedivinebody.com./events.htm.
The LeRoy Neiman Gallery is located at 310 Dodge Hall on the Columbia University campus ( 116 th Street and Broadway). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is located at 112 th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and is open Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Union Theological Seminary is located at 3041 Broadway at 121 st Street.