Friday, October 31, 2014

Apple's Tim Cook Disclosures That Being Gay is Among God's Greatest Gifts

By Vindu Goel

CALIFORNIA---It has long been an open secret in Silicon Valley: Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, is gay. Vivienne Ming, a technology entrepreneur who was born a man and went through transgender surgery in her 30s, said that Mr. Cook took pains to emphasize that being gay is both core to who he is and also merely one part of him. She said that Mr. Cook was particularly deft when he wrote, “I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” The wording, she said, directly addresses anyone who might use religion to condemn him. [link]

Carole P. Kunstadt's Revelations and Sacred Poem Series

CONNECTICUT---Clare Gallery at the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry opens a showcase  of drawings from Carole P. Kunstadt's "Revelations Series" and recent creations from the "Sacred Poem Series." A reception, panel discussion, and Sacred Harp concert will be held on Thursday, November 13th, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The panel includes Kunstadt, Sacred Harp singer Ellen Lueck, Yale University music Professor Ian Quinn, Ph.D., and St. Patrick - St. Anthony Director of Music Ministry and musician Gabriel Löfvall. The concert will combine the choirs of St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church with Sacred Harp musicians and audience members.

Not All Medieval Sacred Art Was Anti-Semitic


NEW YORK---In medieval Europe, Christian artists veered between extremes when portraying Jews in religious book illustrations, murals, statues and windows. Sara Lipton, an associate professor of history at Stony Brook University, has studied the spectrum for a new book, “Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography” (Metropolitan Books). In the windows at Chartres cathedral, for instance, she found Jews and Christians alike portrayed as compassionate, generous and foresighted, as well as idolizing money and committing crimes. “You can get almost any message you want out of that building,” she said. [link]

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ehab Mamdouh’s Contemporary Portrayal of the Muslim Figure in Prayer

By Anand Holla
EXPRESSION: One of the works in Ehab Mamdouh’s exhibition.
DOHA---Captivating geometric symbols replace the human form to represent the five postures of prayer. Egyptian-born artist Ehab Mamdouh’s debut exhibition titled Muqeem – A mesmerising call to stillness – promises to be a far-reaching exercise in contemporary Islamic art in how it moves away from calligraphy and embraces the human figure to advance the dialogue. Muqeem Series I opened Thursday and is on till December 12 at Riyadh’s Alāan (meaning Now) – the key contemporary forum, at the heart of the city’s emerging arts scene. [link]

Nashville's Frist Center Surveys Religious Art of Renaissance Italy

By Michelle Jones
Domenico Beccafumi, “Saint Catherine of Siena Receiving the Stigmata,” ca. 1513-15.
Oil and gold leaf on wood, 11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (Photo: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles )
TENNESSEE---The fall museum season is the biggest of the year, and this one is particularly good for fans of Renaissance art. This week alone two exhibitions highlighting the period open in this part of the country, including "Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy" opening Friday at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. "Sanctity Pictured" remains on view through Jan. 25. The Frist Center is the exhibition's only venue. [link]

#SAVFF Review: Paradise Garden: Howard Finster's Legacy

By Anna Chandler
Paradise Garden in Summerville GA
GEORGIA---If you haven’t heard it, the legend goes like this: bike repairman and preacher Finster was working on an old bike when he got a dab of paint on his finger. A face appeared in the paint and spoke to him: “Paint sacred art.” From then on, Finster, who’d never created a work of art in his life, made tens of thousands of numbered works, riddled with Bible verses and wonderful quips of his own philosophy and wisdom. He painted on wood, telephones, Cadillacs, and anything he could find, but his greatest work was his own Paradise Garden, a Garden of Eden-inspired oasis of art and scripture. Spread over four acres in Summerville, Georgia, the Garden featured a Bible House, Mirror House, Hubcap Tower, Bicycle Tower, Machine Gun Nest, and the iconic four-story Folk Art Chapel, all crafted by Finster. [link]

American Muslim Who Declared Support For ISIS Put Black Flag In Public Places

By James Beattie
"Tweeted images of the Islamic State flag atop the White House and along highways..."
A man from Houston, Texas, tweeted images of the Islamic State (ISIS) flag atop the White House and along highways, causing a stir among the public. Abdul-Rahman Baghdadi tweeted ISIS flag stickers affixed to highway signs, an image of the black flag atop the White House, and an image of the United States colored with the black flag. Baghdadi was in the news earlier this month after he declared allegiance for ISIS when he was arrested by the Houston Police Department, according to The Washington Free Beacon. [link]