Professor Jeremy Begbie urges churches to take a middle course between what he calls “word-obsessed Protestantism” and “floating aestheticism” in an article in the Image Journal
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org, or at www.duke.edu/web/newcreation/about.html.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
A new collection of essays co-edited by DITA’s Director Jeremy Begbie has been published by Eerdmans.
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Duke Divinity School professor Jeremy Begbie will explore how music can help inform and re-shape the way one imagines Christian hope at the 2011 AEHS Study Day sponsored by the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School.
Registration is now closed for “The Sound of Hope: Exploring How Music Informs and Shapes Our Imagination for the Way the World Could Be,” which is especially for clergy and church musicians. Begbie is also the director of the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.