MOBIA and the Dahesh Museum of Art
MOBIA and the Dahesh Museum of Art present lectures on related themes in conjunction with the exhibition, Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection.
Lecture and Gallery Discussion: Conserving Kirchbach: Meanings, Materials, and Techniques
Thursday, December 19, 2013
After decades in storage, the monumental canvas “Christ and the Children” by Franck Kirchbach required extensive conservation. Through behind-the-scenes images, conservator Jean Dommeruth will discuss the restoration of this important work on view in Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection, including the process of removing discolored varnish and past restorations. A look at the restored work in the galleries with conservators Yeonjoo Kim and Ralph Augsburger will illuminate the discoveries made along the way.
Symposium: They Who Gathered Much: Artists, Audiences, and Collectors of Biblical Imagery
Friday, January 17, 2014
This symposium will investigate the intersection of two dramatic shifts in nineteenth-century culture: the reconfiguring of biblical representation amid shifts in Bible historicism, and the emerging markets for buying, selling, and exhibiting biblical art amid a rise of a new middle-class art patronage.
The objective of recent art historical analyses of religious art has been to study the influence of shifting biblical hermeneutics and expanding patronage in order to determine modules of innovation. Proof of the shift in these spheres was manifested in the growth of galleries, commissions, and the changing role of the church in the middle of the nineteenth century. Political partisanship also helped to influence biblical imagery, either to support or subvert members of the artistic avant-garde. As secularization became a dominating force at this time, evidence suggests that patronage contributed to reshaping a “modern religious imagery.” Since the Enlightenment, the historical validity and relevance to modern life of the Bible has been a source of intense debate, challenging artists to explore Christian concepts amid competing cultural forces.
10:00 am-12:30 pm Morning Session: Three papers each followed by a short Q & A period
12:30-2:00 pm Participants will have lunch on their own
2:00-4:00 pm Afternoon Session: two papers each followed by a Q & A period
4:00 -5:00 pm Roundtable discussion and wine and cheese reception
The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is suggested but not required. For more information or to register, please call (212) 408-1500
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Enjoy the exhibition Sacred Visions through a fun evening of informal discussion and sketching in the galleries. An experienced art educator will lead participants of all ages and abilities through simple drawing exercises based on works of art in the exhibition. Supplies will be provided but visitors are welcome to bring their own sketch pads and pencils. Drop in at any time throughout the evening.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hunter Barnes is a photographer who focuses his artistic gaze on the faces of proud groups of people who are consistently misrepresented in the modern American narrative. At MOBIA he will speak about his project and book, A Testimony of Serpent Handling, and share images and personal stories from his time spent in West Virginia. “I was invited by the families and congregation of my friend’s Serpent Handling churches in West Virginia to live and document their lives. The people in these photographs took me in as one of their own. I was shown a way of life sometimes unseen and able to share their story.” – Hunter Barnes
For more information about Hunter Barnes and his photograph, visit his website: http://www.hunterbarnes.com/
Each Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm
MOBIA staff members introduce visitors to current exhibitions through rich stories and interesting details in works of art on view.
During Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection:
October 19 and 20