Thursday, July 2, 2015

North Carolina Museum of Art’s Judaic Art Gallery reopens with larger selection

By Brian How
Gift of Thomas G. and Louise J. Coffey in memory of H. Arthur Sandman, 2013 / Courtesy of NCMA Standing Hanukkah Lamp for a Synagogue, 18th century, Eastern European (probably Galicia) with some 19th-century elements, copper alloy: cast, machine-turned, engraved, punched, partly gilded (eagle)
NORTH CAROLINA---All manner of renovations are underway at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and one of them has just come to completion. After being closed for five months, the Museum’s Judaic Art Gallery reopens July 1 with more space, new custom-designed glass cases and a larger selection of Jewish ceremonial objects on display. The renovated gallery is 50 percent larger than it used to be, allowing for the display of more pieces from the Museum’s collection as well as loans from the Jewish Museum in New York City. [link]

OK Supreme Court rules to move 10 Commandments from Capitol Grounds

By Warner Todd Huston
OKLAHOMA---The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a monument to the Ten Commandments must be removed from the state’s Capitol in Oklahoma City. The state’s top court cited a clause in the Oklahoma Constitution that it says prohibits promotion of religion. The 7-2 decision says the monument violates Article 2, Section 5, of the state’s governing document. The court also rejected the concept that the Ten Commandments were historic in nature. In its decision, the court insisted that “the Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.” [link]

Yasmine K. Kasem wins the 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards

"El Qamesha El Wahida (The Lonely Cloth" by Yasmine K. Kasem
INDIANA--The International Sculpture Center has announced that Yasmine K. Kasem (B.F.A. in Sculpture, ’15) is a recipient of the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015 for her work "El Qamesha El Wahida (The Lonely Cloth)." Kasem is a recent graduate from Herron School of Art at the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. The award includes an exhibition with catalog at Grounds for Sculpture—a sculpture garden on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Trenton. The exhibition will take place October 2015 through March 2016. Sculpture magazine will also feature the awards in its October issue. Kasem’s work will be added to an archive of winners on the International Sculpture Center’s website.

Sean Scully's art helps restore a Roman Catholic Church in Spain

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen
NYC-based artist Sean Scully says “Catholicism did not feed into the work." His work is concerned with spirituality and with a belief that all human beings are sacred
SPAIN---In the thousand years that the Santa Cecilia de Montserrat monastery has stood on the hills overlooking Barcelona, set against jagged towering rocks that rise like giant’s fingers pointing to the sky, history has continually come knocking at its door. A 10 year-long project of restoration has seen the celebrated Irish painter Sean Scully transform the chapel with 22 of his works, from the vast abstract paintings for which he is famed, to frescoes, stained glass and metal candlesticks. They will hang in the chapel permanently, establishing the church as a unique cultural sanctum that will draw visitors from across the world. ...despite agreeing to create works for a Catholic church and creating three crosses from glass – two of which hang on the wall and one which stands on the altar – Scully says he has a complex relationship with religion. [link]

Humor, love, police a strange mix at first worship service of Cannabis Church in Indiana

By Mark Alesia and Gabby Ferreira

INDIANA---Dozens of officers were stationed outside the Eastside church, where members were inside celebrating the joys of marijuana and easy living. The First Church of Cannabis made its debut on the day Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act became law. But the one-hour, 40-minute church service was held without any use of the illegal drug. Doing so could have led to not only arrests, but also an anticipated court battle to test the law meant to prevent government encroachment on religion. [link]