WASHINGTON (March 9, 2001) --A symposium on Jesus in art will be held Saturday, March 31, at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Titled Image of the Invisible God: Picturing Jesus Christ from the 8th to the 20th Century, the symposium is sponsored by the Catholic Communication Campaign and scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. It is open to the public and free with the suggested Met admission fee of $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.
The symposium precedes the evening premiere of The Face: Jesus in Art, slated that evening at Radio City Music Hall. Several of the contributors to the landmark movie will participate in the symposium, including the principal writer, James Clifton, Ph.D., renaissance and baroque art expert and director of Houston's Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation since 1994.
The program follows:
10:15 a.m.-10:40 a.m., James Clifton, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
10:40 a.m. -11:20 a.m., Kathleen Corrigan, Dartmouth College
"Christ Emmanuel and the Ancient of Days: Interpreting an Early Byzantine Icon at Mount Sinai"
11:20 a.m. -12:00 noon, Carol Purtle, University of Memphis
"Devotional Grounding and the Passion of Infancy"
12:00 noon -12:40 p.m., Joanna Ziegler, College of the Holy Cross
"'On the limbs and members of this young girl is the body of Christ': Mystic and Holy Dancer Elisabeth of Spalbeek"
12:40 p.m. -1:40 p.m., Lunch break
1:40 p.m. -2:20 p.m., Walter S. Melion, The Johns Hopkins University
"In conspectum Hierusalem venit Jesus': Divine Spectacle and Spectatorship in Jerónimo Nadal's Annotations and Meditations on the Gospels"
2:20 p.m. -3:00 p.m., Marcus Burke, The Hispanic Society of America
"Images of Christ in Spain and the Hispanic World"
3:00 p.m. -3:40 p.m., David Morgan, Valparaiso University
"Absent Fathers and Women with Beards: Images of Christ and the History of Masculinity in Modern America."
3:40-4:00 p.m., Closing Remarks
The Face: Jesus in Art is an extraordinary wide-screen film that examines 2000 years of artistic renderings of Jesus Christ. Its 8 p.m. premiere at Radio City will be its only major theater screening before its release to PBS TV stations in April.
Narrators include theater and movie stalwarts Mel Gibson, Stacy Keach, Patricia Neal, Edward Herrmann, Juliet Mills and Ricardo Montalban.
The Face: Jesus in Art is produced by Voyager Productions, Ltd. It traces the dramatically different ways in which Jesus has been represented in art throughout history and around the world.
Tickets for the premiere can be purchased at the Radio City Music Hall box office, through local Ticketmaster outlets or online from www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $10.00, $20.50 and $30.50. Tickets ordered through Ticketmaster will include additional service fees. Those seeking information on group sales may call Radio City Music Hall at (212) 465-6100. Persons with disabilities may purchase tickets over the phone by calling (212) 465-6115.
Funding for The Face: Jesus in Art has been provided by the U.S. Bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign, The Dolan Family Foundation, Family Theater Productions, Our Sunday Visitor, United Methodist Communications, and The Aztec Foundation.