Ancient Tell, Modern Art
The Badè Museum will hold an opening reception for a new exhibit, which features GTU artists' responses to artifacts from Tell en-Nasbeh, on March 5 from 5-7pm. The exhibit will be on display until May 7, 2009.
Please see full description below, or visit bade.psr.edu for more information and museum hours.
How does a contemporary voice respond to an ancient story? This exhibition seeks to answer that question by sparking an interdisciplinary dialogue between archeology and the contemporary arts. Students, faculty and alumnae of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) have created works of original art in response to themes and objects within the archeological displays at the Badè Museum. These objects derived from the ancient site or 'tell' of Tell en-Nasbeh, excavated by William F. Bade between 1926 and 1935.
Ancient artifacts derived from have an inherent beauty that is often overlooked as scholars focus on their functional nature. The gentle curve of a vase, the rough texture of a grinding stone, fingerprints on a hand-molded figurine are all aesthetic features that allow these artifacts to "speak" to people in different ways. The current reactions reflected in these works of art provide fresh perspectives in the hopes of engaging the viewer to see these objects in a whole new light.
The idea and framework for this exhibition was fostered in a Museum Literacy class taught by Carin Jacobs through the Center for Art and Religious Education (CARE). This show has come to fruition through collaboration between Jennifer Leighton, artist and M.A. student at the GTU, and Catherine Foster, archeologist and Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley. Financial support has been generously provided by CARE and the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology.