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Art Exhibit of Sacred Texts Past, Present and Future, Set to Open Feb. 15 at Santa Clara University
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013— 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.
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.
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?
“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-551-1951.
Details about all events can be found at: http://www.scu.edu/ignatiancenter/institute/exhibit/index.cfm
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