Monday, November 24, 2014

New Jersey's Hunterdon Art Museum Exhibiting Artworks Devoted to Hindu God Siva

Detail of painting from exhibition of works by Giovanna Cecchetti
NEW JERSEY---Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton is showing an exhibition containing several artworks devoted to Hindu deity Siva. The exhibition, titled “The Consciousness of Infinite Goodness” by Giovanna Cecchetti will run until January four next. One of its paintings is titled “Mahamrityunjaya” (Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is a well-known mantra of Hinduism). Founded in 1952, HAM whose tagline is “center for art, craft & design”, is a regional art center. Jorge Blanco and Marjorie Frankel Nathanson are its Trustees President and Executive Director respectively. In Hinduism, Lord Siva, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Visnu, forms the great triad of Hindu deities. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion in the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.[link]

A Circuitous Journey Through Faiths to Judaism Transforms Houston Painter

By Jennifer Latson
"If I Forget Thee o Jerusalem" now on view at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas
TEXAS---Discovering the Jewish roots her parents had long kept secret was a turning point in Barbara Hines' life - and in her art. More than 50 of the Houston artist's Judaism-inspired paintings and works on paper are now on display at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. The show, titled "Mysteries, Signs and Wonders," opened as the inaugural exhibit in the museum's newest addition, the National Center for Jewish Art. The artwork, a combination of Jerusalem cityscapes, Israeli landscapes and abstract, color-driven paintings inspired by spiritual themes and stories from the Torah, will be on view through next August.[link]

Nassau County Museum of Art Presents its First Exhibition Devoted to Chinese Art

Northern Qi (550-577), Head of a Bodhisattva. Sandstone, 13 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches. Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Sackler Collections.
NEW YORK---China Then and Now brings together exemplary Chinese works of art from the classical, early modern and contemporary periods. The exhibition explores three millennia of one of the world’s most important artistic traditions from the perspective of American collectors on Long Island, such as Childs and Frances Frick and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. The exhibition is at Nassau County Museum of Art from November 22, 2014 through March 8, 2015; it was organized by guest curators Amy G. Poster, Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Kaijun Chen, Ph.D., post-doctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science. [link]

Bartholomeus Spranger's Wild, Weird and Voluptuous Art at the Met

By Philip Kennicott
“The Lamentation of Christ.” Credit ayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich
WASHINGTON, DC---“Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague” is billed as the first major exhibition devoted to Spranger, who not only served Rudolf from the early 1580s until the painter’s death in 1611, but also Rudolf’s father, the emperor Maximilian II; Pope Pius V; and one of the greatest arts patrons of any age, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. Born in Antwerp, Spranger studied with Flemish landscape painters before heading south, by way of Paris and Milan, to Rome, where he was deeply influenced by the prevailing Mannerist painters of the day. But it was the call to serve the Habsburgs, and particularly the febrile court of Rudolf, that allowed Spranger to produce the sensual, fleshy, sexually charged works for which he is most famous. [link]

A New Exhibition at Salt Galata in Turkey Explores Religion, Spirituality

By Kaya Genç
Descend the stairs of SALT Galata building on Bankalar Caddesi, turn right and you will hear amplified voices of Shiite Muslims who commemorate the Battle of Karbala during Muharram in an Istanbul neighborhood.
TURKEY---Religion is not the favorite subject of Turkish contemporary art. In the past, artists rarely touched on the subject. Realized with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and curated by Sebastian Cichocki and Galit Eilat in collaboration with SALT, "Rainbow in the Dark" is one of the most evocative shows of the year. "One of the major phenomena in contemporary society is the growing influence of monotheistic religious practices," the exhibition program informs us. "Radical movements in Islam, Christianity and Judaism appear to penetrate the ever-widening areas of social life, to the point where they threaten the more traditional understanding of religion." [link]

Jerusalem: Seeing a City 'Upside Down'

By FPJ Bureau
"Turning the World Upside Down" by Aneesh Kapoor at Isreal Museum, 2010
ISRAEL---A massive hourglass figure of stainless steel installed by the internationally renowned Indian/Jewish artist, Aneesh Kapoor, and commissioned by the Jerusalem Development Authority, greets one at the threshold of the renovated Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The untitled work has since been dubbed as ‘Upside down’ as the piece of art reflected the world upside down, just as it is to discover Jerusalem, from the present in to the past! As part of a team of architects and journalists participating from around the world in the ‘Open House Jerusalem’, festival from 18 to 20 September 2014, I precisely got this opportunity – to explore the vitality of this ancient city. [link]

Republicans Considering Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage

By Gary Baurer

At a time when many Republicans have embraced a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to same-sex marriage (“Don’t ask me what my position is because I won’t tell you”), Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has proposed a characteristically audacious solution to judicial assaults on traditional marriage: a constitutional amendment. Mr. Cruz’s proposed marriage amendment would prohibit the federal government or the courts from overturning state marriage laws. It may be the only way to restore the people’s voice in defining society’s most fundamental institution. [link]