Sunday, January 25, 2015


By Disney-Britton
In what surprising places have you found Christ waiting? Ceri Richards's "The Supper at Emmaus" is inspired by the story in Luke 24:13-34. It is the moment, following the crucifixion, when two distracted disciples meet Jesus on the road but do not recognize him. They walk together. They share a meal, and soon their eyes are opened. This water color from the Methodist Art Collection is now on display at Glyndwr University as a reminder to open our eyes, and that makes it my NEWS OF WEEK. (Apology: Draft for e-news was mistakenly emailed this morning)  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Mille Soleils,’ a Portrait of Senegal by Mati Diop

By A. O. Scott
Magaye Niang, who once before starred in a film, plays himself in Mati Diop’s “Mille Soleils,” which looks at Mr. Niang’s past and present and those of Senegal. Credit Anna Sanders Films
SENEGAL---At the beginning of Mati Diop’s Mille Soleils, a man drives a herd of skinny long-horned cattle toward a slaughterhouse in a busy section of Dakar, Senegal, bringing car traffic to a halt. Drawing inspiration from “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Easy Rider,” American blaxploitation films and the French New Wave, “Touki-Bouki” is a potent blend of pop energy and political insight, a vivid snapshot of the cultural contradictions facing Francophone Africa in the aftermath of colonialism. Heartbreaking and thought-provoking, “Mille Soleils” traces connections between Senegal’s past and present, and reflects on a cinematic legacy that remains insufficiently appreciated, in the West and perhaps also in Africa. [link]

Photographer Regina DeLuise Documents Life In Bhutan

By Erica Smith
A photo from Regina DeLuise's Bhutan exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art in St. Louis. Regina DeLuise
MISSOURI---Photographer Regina DeLuise took a chance and ended up in Bhutan. DeLuise, Maryland Institute College of Art’s photography chairwoman, worked with the Volunteer Artist Studio in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, to secure a visa and was able to work with artists and students there. Bhutan is a small predominantly Buddhist country in south Asia, bordered by China and India. DeLuise’s photos will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art in St. Louis; the exhibit opens Saturday. [link]

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art:Regina DeLuise's Vast Bhutan: Images from the Phenomenal World” (Jan. 24-May 10, 2015); 3700 W. Pine Mall Blvd., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO; (314) 977-7170;

Theaster Gates, Artes Mundi Recipient, to Share Prize Money

By Christopher D. Shea
ILLINOIS---The Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates accepted the 40,000-pound Artes Mundi prize on Thursday night in Cardiff, Wales, offering up an expletive as he announced that he would share the winnings with the nine other nominees. He won the Mundi prize, worth about $60,000, for an installation piece titled “A Complicated Relationship between Heaven and Earth, or When We Believe,” which is now on view at the National Museum in Cardiff. The piece, which aims to compare Christianity with other world traditions, includes artifacts used in several non-Western religious traditions and video of the artist’s spiritual music group, the Black Monks of Mississippi. [link]

A Monk’s Interests Captured on Camera

By Eve M. Kahn
Thomas Merton is the subject of a centennial exhibition coming to Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library next month. Credit Estate of John Howard Griffin
KENTUCKY---A forgotten camera said to have been used by the Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton will appear in public for the first time on Feb. 2 in a Merton centennial exhibition at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Merton, who died in 1968, at 53, had taken vows at a Kentucky monastery that decreed he could own few possessions. With borrowed camera equipment, he took about 1,800 photos, creating meditative abstract compositions out of rocks, leaves, wagon wheels and barn siding. [link]

Fine Art: InterFaith Council Provides ‘Sacred Treasures' for Exhibit

By Stephanie Preweda, Special to Digital First Media
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham is hosting the exhibit ìSacred Treasures: Religious Traditions, Rites & Rituals,î from Jan. 24 to March 27. Courtesy Nancy Thayer
MICHIGAN---A popular bumper sticker that combines different religious symbols to spell out the word “Coexist” is a good metaphor for an upcoming art exhibition. The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham is hosting the exhibit “Sacred Treasures: Religious Traditions, Rites & Rituals,” from Jan. 24 to March 27. The exhibit, organized by the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. [link]

For Poland's Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change

By Rick Lyman
Soviet troops liberated the camp in 1945. About 1.5 million children were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Credit Sub/CAF PAP, via Associated Press
POLAND---For what is likely to be the last time, a large number of the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz will gather next week under an expansive tent, surrounded by royalty and heads of state, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of those held there at the end of World War II. At the 60th anniversary, 1,500 survivors attended. “This will be the last decade anniversary with a very visible presence of survivors,” said Andrzej Kacorzyk, deputy director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.... This year, on Tuesday, about 300 are expected. Most of them are in their 90s, and some are older than 100. [link]