Art and Religion Symposium at the Meadows Museum Nov. 14

Jacob and His Twelve Sons:
The Intersection of Art and World Religions
Tuesday, November 14, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Shira Lander, professor of practice and director of Jewish studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, SMU
Imam Abdul Rahman Bashir, Islamic Association of Allen
Ted Campbell, professor of Church history, Perkins School of Theology, SMU
Ken Andrien, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in Colonial Latin American History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, SMU
Adam Jasienski, assistant professor of art history, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU
Larry Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Harpsichord and Organ, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium

Join local scholars and SMU faculty experts for a daylong symposium examining a monumental series of religious paintings by the seventeenth-century Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán. The morning program will engage in a conversation exploring the religious context and significance of Zurbarán’s works from the vantage points of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, while the afternoon sessions will focus on broad historical, art historical, and musical contexts. The program will culminate in the evening with a keynote lecture and conversation on the timeless theme of faith in the arts led by the celebrated theologian and author N.T. Wright.
FREE; advance registration is required. To register, please call 214.768.8587.

Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum

TOP: Photo by Hillsman Jackson

RIGHT: Francisco de Zurbarán (Spanish, 1598-1664)

Jacob and the Bishop:
Where Faith and Art Meet
Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m
N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Bishop Richard Trevor of Durham bought Jacob and His Twelve Sons by the Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán in 1756, and extended the Long Dining Room at Auckland Castle to provide a worthy showcase for the group. The purchase of the series was intended to communicate to the leaders of northern England the fact, which was very controversial at the time and from time to time since then, that the Jewish people and their traditions have a valued and honored place in national life. Apart from brief absences for exhibitions, the paintings have been there ever since, still conveying the same message for consideration by today’s pluralistic society. The paintings invite contemplation of the way in which art reflects on ancient traditions and out into the wider world. They also communicate the way in which faith and art, so often polarized today, can and perhaps should inform and reinforce one another. As the former Bishop of Durham, Wright lived daily in the presence of Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons at Auckland Castle.
FREE; Seating is first come, first served.
OFFSITE! Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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