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MUSEUM MONDAYS: Is there still a role for religion in art?

March 11, 2011


Is there still a place for religion in art?

Mediating the Divine, a student-run exhibition of works from the Wright Museum of Art, asks that very question. Made up of prints, photographs, and sculptures from the 20th century, Mediating the Divine is an exploration of what it means to create work with religious themes in a modern art world. Does the inclusion of religious imagery make it religious? Is there such a thing as religious art anymore?

By researching and displaying works that deal with the imagery of mother and child, crucifixion, and the themes of abstraction and religious narratives, the students of Art 285: Art and the Religious Experience in the 20th Century have tried to define "religious" art and place it in the context of Modernism. Stop by the Neese Gallery (upstairs) during Wright Museum hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday) to check out the exhibit, or join the class for gallery talks at 5 p.m. on Thursday (March 17).