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Exhibition: The Divine Body


Eric Fischl, Hysterics of Love, Bronze, edition of 3, 21" x 28" x 54" (detail), 1997. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery.

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 through October 21.

"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.

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 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.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, 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.

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Published: Oct 18, 2005
Last modified: Oct 17, 2005

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