Theology and the Arts

Photography Contest and Exhibition

Promoting engagement between theology, music and the visual arts
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Photos are now being accepted for a Messiaen-inspired contest with a grand prize of a round trip to Cambridge, England.

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The "theme" of the contest is Olivier Messiaen's work for two pianos, Visions de l'AmenDuke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts invites students, faculty, staff and alumni of Duke Divinity School, and their immediate families, to submit digital photographs as an artistic response to the music of Olivier Messiaen’s spectacular work for two pianos, Visions de l’Amen.

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New Creation Arts Group Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm
030 Westbrook
laura.tardie@duke.edu

The New Creation Arts Group at Duke Divinity School will hold an informational meeting. Students, faculty and staff who appreciate or create art in all forms including film, digital, visual, musical, creative writing and graphic design are invited to attend and bring their lunch. Free dessert and drinks will be provided.

Makoto Fujimura visits Duke

Monday, April 11, 2011

Duke Divinity School and the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies hosted visual artist Makoto Fujimura for a two-day residency at Duke University.

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This past spring, Duke Divinity School and the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies (DAAV) hosted visual artist Makoto Fujimura for a two-day residency March 31 to April 1, 2011.

New Library Resource Supports Theology and the Arts

Friday, July 1, 2011

Guide offers research assistance, subject guides, and online resources.

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The Duke Divinity School library has launched a new resource supporting Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, which promotes an engagement of Christian theology and the arts through an integrated program of teaching, research and arts.

Deadline for Submissions to Divinity School Juried Arts Exhibit

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 (All day) to Friday, March 18, 2011 (All day)

Sarah.howell@duke.edu

Submissions are being accepted March 16-18 for the 2011 New Creation Arts Juried Arts Exhibit. The exhibit’s theme, “Places of Redemption,” is based on Professor Mary McClintock Fulkerson’s book, “Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church.”

The deadline is at 2 p.m. on March 18. Event sponsors include the New Creation Arts Group and the Office of Student Life and Formation. Submitted art must be able to be hung on a wall.

The exhibit will be for art created by Divinity School students, faculty, staff, alumni, and/or their immediate families. Submission forms and guidelines are available in a folder above the student mailboxes, by email to Sarah.howell@duke.edu, or at www.duke.edu/web/newcreation/about.html.

"St. Paul's Conversion from Word to Music" Pre-concert Panel Discussion

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
0014 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School
jeremy.begbie@duke.edu

Duke Chapel and Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will sponsor a pre-concert panel discussion for a performance of Mendelssohn’s St. Paul to be held April 3. There will be presentations at the panel discussion by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays, an international authority on the writings of Paul; Larry Todd, Duke University professor of music and a world-renowned authority on Mendelssohn; and Siegwart Reichwald, associate professor of musicology at Converse College and author of “The Genesis of Felix Mendelssohn’s Paulus.” Excerpts will be played and sung. There also will be time for questions. Admission is free.

“Illuminating the Gospels with the Tears of Christ” with Makoto Fujimura

Friday, April 1, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
0016 Westbrook
Joelle.Hathaway@gmail.com

World-renowned visual artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura will give a brown bag discussion and a public lecture at Duke Divinity School on the intersection of Christian faith and art. His lecture will focus on his recently finished Four Holy Gospels project – an illuminated manuscript commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

This English Standard Version of the Bible will comprise the four Gospels as designed and illustrated by Fujimura. It is the first such manuscript to feature abstract contemporary art. Fujimura created 89 original illuminated initial letters – one for each chapter of the Gospels – and added embellishments and design elements on each page in an attempt to depict “the greater reality that the Bible speaks of … for the pure sake of integrating faith and art in our current pluralistic, multicultural world.” 

The lecture is sponsored by the Duke Initiatives Theology and the Arts and made possible in part by a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts and the Office of the Provost at Duke University.

 

Brown Bag Lunch with Artist Makoto Fujimura

Friday, April 1, 2011 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room
Joelle.Hathaway@gmail.com

World-renowned visual artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura will give a public lecture and brown bag lunch discussion at Duke Divinity School on how Christian faith can intersect with contemporary art. He will speak about his experience of 9/11 as an artist whose New York City home and studio is located a few blocks from Ground Zero.  Sponsored by the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts and the New Creation Arts Group, the event is being made possible in part by a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts and the Office of the Provost at Duke University.

 

2011 Convocation & Pastors’ School

Monday, October 10, 2011 (All day) to Tuesday, October 11, 2011 (All day)
Duke Divinity School
(919) 613-5323 or leadership@div.duke.edu

The 2011 Convocation & Pastors’ School, “Drawn into Scripture: Arts and the Life of the Church,” will be held at Duke Divinity School on Oct. 10-11, 2011. Professor and musician Jeremy Begbie, author Marilynne Robinson, professor and musician Anthony Kelley and the BLAK Ensemble, and the Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel will help participants explore art’s illuminating power. Participants will experience the scriptures from a new perspective and find imaginative ways of expanding the life of the church. This annual conference, featuring lectures, worship, and seminars, is open to Christian leaders of all traditions, Divinity School students, faculty, and staff. Learn more or register at https://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/lifelong-learning/cps-2011.

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