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Art: New Exhibits to Explore

By Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson
“What art offers is space, a certain breathing room for the spirit.”  –John Updike
On the heels of the carefree days of summer comes autumn, a season for reflection. It’s an ideal time to explore art. A number of current art exhibits around the U.S. explore religious or spiritual themes. Exhibits range from textile arts to Middle Eastern artifacts, and from Andy Warhol to Rembrandt. If you’re within driving distance of one of the exhibits listed below, why not make it a weekend excursion? Or check your local arts and gallery listings for exhibits near you.

“The Gospels in Medieval
Manuscript Illumination”
The Getty
, Los Angeles,
CAOctober 31, 2006–January 7,

This exhibition explores the forms of
decoration associated with the Gospels: portraits of the four Evangelists,
illustrations of the life of Christ, and the ornamentation of canon tables . It
includes many of the Getty Museum’s early manuscripts, including a Greek New
Testament dated 1133, as well as a number of later Armenian manuscripts.

“Between Science
and Art: Work in Botanical Illustration”
San Francisco Botanical Garden, San
Franciso, CA
October 1 – December
30, 2006
illustrator and teacher Mary Harden and students present artwork created from
close observation of plant specimens resulting in art work that is taxonomically
correct. The nature of the plant is revealed through the unique point of view
provided by each artist.

“American Tapestry
Alliance Biennial 6″

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
October 6, 2006 –
January 7, 2007
“Weaving tapestry in our modern world
requires a different mindset that has taken many years to cultivate. It requires
faith that the world will still be here in two years. Weaving a tapestry is good
for the soul,” says artist Nancy
Jackson. Jackson’s tapestries are on display as
part of American Tapestry Biennial
, a competitive international exhibition.

“Andy Warhol: Silver
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, MO
September 10 –
December 17, 2006
Mercurial and
buoyant, Andy Warhol’s pillow-shaped silver mylar balloons roam the air currents
of MOCRA’s spacious nave gallery and respond to the touch of the viewer. This
installation is a visual, auditory and tactile experience that appeals
immediately to the child in everyone.

Blanton Museum of Art,
University of Texas, Austin, TX
August 4 – December
10, 2006
In celebration
of the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, the Blanton will present more
than two dozen of the beloved artist’s etchings from the museum’s collection
that span his life and development. In addition, works by followers and later
generations of artists inspired by Rembrandt will also be shown.

Expressions of Art and Spiritual Life in the Carolinas
Lee Gallery, Clemson University,
Clemson, South CarolinaOctober 9 – November
17, 2006
This exhibit
examines art as a religious and spiritual vehicle and is an exploration of
individual artists rethinking one’s religion/spirituality.

“I See No Stranger: Early Sikh Art and
Rubin Museum of Art
, New York, NY
September 18, 2006 through January 29, 2007
This exhibition will present approximately 100
works from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, including paintings,
drawings, textiles, metalwork, and photographs that identify core Sikh beliefs
and explore the plurality of Sikh cultural traditions.

“Threads of Faith: Recent Work from Women of Color
Quiters Network”
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington,
October 15 –
December 31, 2006
Thirty quilts in
this exhibition examine the role faith plays in the work of participating
artists. Subject matter is taken from a favorite Bible story, or passage. The
exhibition is divided into five thematic categories: Sacred Moments (Biblical
Narratives); Bearing Witness (Women and Family); Hope: The Anchor of Our Souls
(Prayers and Spiritual Meditations); Blessed are the Piece Makers (Worship
Through the Arts); and We Have Come this Far by Faith (African-American

Islamic Art from the David Collection, Cophenhage”
McMullen Museum of Art,
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
September 1 –
December 31, 2006
This is is an
exhibition comprised of 123 of the finest examples of Islamic art from the C. L.
David Collection in Copenhagen, Denmark. The works presented incorporate the
full array of Islamic art from its origins to modern times, representing vast
spans of time (seventh-nineteenth centuries), space (Western Europe to East
Asia), and media (textiles; ceramics; metalwares; carved ivory, wood,
rock-crystal and stone; parchment; and paper).
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