Art: New Exhibits to Explore

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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 Museum, Los Angeles, CAOctober 31, 2006–January 7, 2007

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 Botanical 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 6, a competitive international exhibition. "Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds" 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. "Rembrandt's Etchings" 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.

"Thresholds, 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 Devotion"The 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, WV 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 Experiences) "Cosmophilia: 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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