|Damien Hirst - Cock and Bull, 2012|
A few months ago I emailed some of the smartest visual artists I know and asked them the question: How do you define contemporary art? Their answers and the exchanges which ensued were extraordinarily spirited, wide-ranging and far from unanimous. They were very insightful, though, as well as practically helpful to me as I have taken on the role of program director for CIVA's 2015 biennial conference. Of course, if a similar question were addressed to pastors, theologians, ministry and organizational leaders, namely "How do you define the church?", I imagine I would receive equally spirited and disparate answers.
Therein, I suppose, lies both the challenge and the opportunity of this unique conference: "Between Two Worlds: Contemporary Art and the Church," which takes place on June 11-14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Calvin College. To register, please go here. Here are a few things I'm particularly excited about.
The three plenary talks:
1. Wayne Roosa: Friday morning, June 12: "A Conversation Between Contemporary Art and the Church"
2. Ben Quash: Friday evening, June 12: "A Conversation Between Contemporary Art and Trinitarian Theology"
3. Katie Kresser: Saturday morning, June 13: "Conversation Between Contemporary Art and Corporate Worship"
|Marina Abramović - The Artist is Present, 2010|
The three panels:
1. A "First Generation" panel: including Calvin Seerveld, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Sandra Bowden, Ted Prescott, and Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker.
2. A "Contemporary Artists in the Public Square" panel: TBA.
3. A "Contemporary Artists in the Church" panel: TBA.
|TAKASHI MURAKAMI - Self-Portrait of the Manifold Worries of a Manifoldly Distressed Artist, 2012|
A "Theology and Visual Arts" track (for details click here):
1. Critical Responses: Reviews and critiques of conference plenary speaker Ben Quash’s recent volume Found Theology: History, Imagination and the Holy Spirit (Bloomsbury, 2013).
2. Theology for the Visual Arts: Constructive proposals from the various theological disciplines aimed at opening up new vistas of creativity and exploration in the visual arts.
3. Theology from the Visual Arts: Generative reflections on the theological meaning or value of particular bodies of art, art movements, and/or art experiences.
|Jeff Koons - Acrobat, 2003|
The day-ahead events and the various exhibits which will take place during the time of the course of conference.
The devotionals and worship service which will be led by Luci Shaw.
All the amazingly interesting folks who will come to this gathering and, well, so much more. Please do join us if you can.
Below is a basic write-up for the conference.
|Gerhard Richter - Abstraktes Bild, 2001|
|Wayne Roosa - Ideas of Order: I|
|Richard Serra - Inside Out, 2013|