Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

The Body of Christ
On Display in STH Library, through Fall 2018
In this exhibition we take a deep dive into three artists’ depictions of the physical form of Jesus Christ. Special attention is paid to the Christian Art themes of the crucifixion and Pietà, meaning “pity” or “compassion,” where the Virgin Mary cradles the body of Christ after he has been removed from the cross. These works, many created during the late 1950s and 1960s, are visceral and raw, indicative of the political and cultural shifts occurring at that time in history. For millennia, images and sculptures of the final stages of Christ’s life allowed countless viewers to identify with the suffering of Jesus, to experience God’s empathy toward their own suffering, and to be inspired by Jesus’ self-giving, understood in many different ways. Today, this exhibition invites you to ask, what is suffering, and how can I respond to it by finding hope in God’s presence in its midst?

Scenes and Symbols: Artworks from China, Korea, and Japan
On Display in STH Library and Community Room, through Fall 2018
Scenes and Symbold
The art of China, Korea, and Japan is filled with elements that hold deep meaning. Whether a painted lotus flower, or beautiful ink script, the images show us the importance that history, culture, and ritual hold in this part of the world. This exhibition hopes to celebrate the impact Asian art has had on personal and cultural attempts to make meaning in what can seem like a shallow world.

HEAL by Robert Indiana

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Brilliantly standing out in the middle of the School of Theology Library is “HEAL,” (2014) an original silk screen print by American artist Robert Indiana (b. 1928–). Donated anonymously, this breathtaking print will make its permanent home within our library. The story of how HEAL came to the BU School of Theology Library is about more than just a few people and colorful ink on paper. HEAL has a deep theological foundation. It is a gift to the BUSTH community. May it serve as a reminder of the tender presence and care of divine Love, enabling you to love and to be loved, to hope, to heal and to be healed.

Theology
The Hebrew Bible refers to love hundreds of times. Christ Jesus exemplified the love of God and healed countless people. The New Testament records the gospel message, “God is Love” (I John 4:8b) and Christians have embraced, studied, prayed with, preached, lived, and healed with the power of love throughout the ages. Christian Science, founded by Mary Baker Eddy, so emphasizes God’s love that the quote, “God is Love”, is written in almost every single Christian Science church sanctuary, and healing is central to the faith tradition.

Art
Robert Indiana saw the quote, “God is Love”, in the churches of his youth, and eventually created LOVE, one of the most iconic pieces of pop art ever produced. It has spread all over the world and has been translated into multiple languages. Years later, based on LOVE, Indiana created HOPE and then HEAL. Boston gallery owners, moved by Indiana’s work, curated and displayed his art, trusting that someone would buy and/or donate it to an organization that would be benefitted by the message.

Community
BTI students organized a conference dedicated to the topic of healing, and welcomed all types of submissions. Fellow students responded with sermons, papers, and workshops, and one student who happened to see Indiana’s work at the gallery proposed a display for the conference. BUSTH and BU staff embraced the idea, collaborating with students and the gallery to host LOVE, HOPE, and HEAL. A few people who heard about the display offered to donate HEAL to BUSTH, and invited the school community to contribute toward the acquisition. Many responded.

May you find your own inspiration in the multi-faceted story and art of Love, hope, and healing.

More information on Robert Indiana, and the inspiration behind his world famous LOVE print, can be found here.

Biblical Watercolor Scenes by Harold Copping, On Loan from the Khalili Family Trust

Around our beautiful library are nineteen framed watercolors depicting biblical scenes painted by renowned British artist Harold Copping (1863-1932). His art brought the Bible to life for millions throughout the world.

Boston University is grateful to the Khalili Family Trust for lending the works in our exhibition, given in honor of Boston University President Emeritus John Silber.

Dr. Nasser David Khalili (b.1945) began collecting art over thirty years ago and although his interest was mainly focused on Islamic art, he has also gathered exceptional Japanese and Spanish objects and Indian and Swedish textiles. The latter group was exhibited at Boston University in August 2001. Dr. Khalili’s collection, numbering 25,000 objects, is one of the largest known private art collections in the world. However, the Khalili Collection is treated very much like a public art collection: objects are lent for several international venues each year, including exhibitions in Milan, London, Geneva, Jerusalem, and of course, Boston. A host of art historians and other scholars have been invited to study aspects of the collection and their research will culminate in a fifty-volume publication.

Dr. Khalili is an internationally recognized scholar and benefactor of Islamic art. He is Professor of Art and Archeology in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. In 2003, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Boston University, recognizing his significant contributions to the world of art.

Previous Exhibitions

Click on the collapsible box to learn more about previous exhibitions at the School of Theology Library. For previous exhibitions held by the School of Theology, consult the consult the School of Theology recent news here.




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