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Catholic Artistic Imagination

We are pleased to inaugurate this series of informal receptions exploring the idea of Catholic artistic imagination.  Our aims are to:

  • foster a broad and inclusive understanding of Catholic intellectual tradition
  • chip away at the divisional and disciplinary boundaries that inhibit collegiality and collaboration
  • create conditions in which cross-disciplinary scholarship may emerge
  • showcase the artistic and intellectual expertise and gifts of Duquesne faculty, graduate students and staff
  • share beautiful works of art with interesting people

Our receptions are open to faculty, staff and graduate students.  In future years, we hope to explore different artistic mediums, including music, literature, and the performing arts.  Already our efforts this year are sparking complementary initiatives on campus and promoting awareness of collaborative opportunities.  Suggestions and feedback are most welcome.

Upcoming presentations:

"The Mystery of the Crucified One in Byzantine Hymnography and Iconography"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

613 Student Union

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This presentation will discuss Byzantine icons and hymns of the Crucifixion, examine their biblical-exegetical basis, and ponder their theological claims.  Dr. Bogdan Bucur is an Associate Professor with the Department of Theology.  His work explores the link between biblical exegesis, doctrinal developments, and spirituality in early Christianity and the Byzantine tradition.

Join us for wine, hors d'oeurves and stimulating conversation.  Faculty, staff and graduate students are welcome to attend.

Previous presentations:

"Encountering the Other: Catholic Social Teaching and Art"
Monday, February 24, 2014
Africa Room

"Through my art I hope to create images that strike a chord in the soul that resonates in the mind a state of wonder. Being in awe of humanity's possibility and celebration of the dignity of each person is reflected in how well society is creating a 'peace-filled' world. The artwork is more than social commentary of images and symbols; it is the story of you and I in relationship." - Matthew Walsh, Assistant Director, Spiritan Campus Ministry. Join us in exploring some of the key principals of Catholic social thought through the artist's imagination.

"Rublev's Icon of the Trinity"
Friday, December 6, 2013
613 Student Union

Our series continues with a consideration of iconographic representations of the LORD's appearance to Abraham in the form of three men (Gen. 18).  Early Western and Eastern icons interpreted this passage Christologically.  The Russian iconographer Andre Rublev, in his famous icon on the Trinity, illustrated the same event as an interaction between the three persons of the Trinity and an invitation addressed to the viewer to participate in the life of the Trinity.  Dr. Radu Bordeianu will share his expertise in a relaxed setting.

"Michelangelo's Catholic Imagination"
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Africa Room

This series of receptions will begin with a consideration of Michelangelo's artistic engagement with Catholic liturgy and devotion, focusing on his first major commission, the Pieta in St. Peter's.  Emily Fenichel, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History, will share her expertise in a relaxed setting.