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Cross/Purpose Art Reception Wednesday

February 10, 2009

Cross Display

A closing reception and discussion for the Cross/Purpose art show in Dordt’s Campus Center Art Gallery will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. The show will be taken down on Friday.

Members of the art department, along with Dordt College Theology Department professor, Jason Lief, will discuss their responses to exhibit. Their comments will relate to styles and techniques, as well as the importance of the cross image in worship.

This important exhibit features original prints by major artists including Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault, and contemporaries of Michelangelo and Rembrandt. An engraving by the so called “pants painter” who painted clothing on some of the figures of Michelangelo’s famous Sistene Chapel (since removed) is also included in the exhibit.

All who are interested in attending are welcome to attend this reception at the Campus Center Art Gallery.

Titled CROSS/PURPOSE, this collection brought together by artist Edward Knippers is touring with support of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). The displays and illustrations of the crucifix throughout the centuries includes 36 works, ranging from a coin from the Byzantine Empire to relics from Ethiopia, France, and Guatemala. The exhibit includes contemporary works by artists such as Sandra Bowden and Rudolph Bostic, as well as figurative, abstract, expressionist, realist, and conceptual cross-themed art.

Artist Edward Knippers spent 30 years searching for art featuring this symbol of the Christian faith in meccas like Paris and London; in flea markets; and even the backwoods of Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Knippers notes, “You can see the manner in which theology, by way of the cross, has permeated society and even pop culture. I would hope the pieces help museum-goers realize how the assumption of Christ’s presence in the world touches their lives.”

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