SARTS Annual Meeting & Events 2016

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We hope you will join SARTS in San Antonio this November (2016) for this event!

SARTS Reception
November 18, 2016  •  6:00-7:00 p.m.
San Fernando Cathedral Center
San Antonio, Texas

“The Arts and Religion in Latin America and the Southwest, 1492 to the present”
Friday evening, November 18, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
San Fernando Cathedral Center
on the plaza

SARTS is pleased to announce the program for its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The session will focus on: The Arts and Religion in Latin America and the Southwest, 1492 to the present.

We will consider the reality of Hispanic and/or indigenous peoples in the area historically considered “Latin America” (including California, Florida and the U.S. Southwest) from the colonial period to the present moment. Presentations deal with the use of the arts in the processes of religious conversion, evangelism, worship, devotion, education, or outreach of religious bodies in the aforementioned geographical area. Questions include which art forms have proven to be more successful and under what circumstances. Which arts have allowed for a dialogue with “foreign” religious expressions or which have resisted cultural appropriation? Which arts are specific to a particular locale or time period, and which operate across chronological, cultural or denominational lines?  How have the arts in religion responded in times of secularization, migration or persecution?

“Indians, Stone Angels, and Corn”
Diana Myers-Bennett Roberts, independent researcher

“Andean Originality and Creativity Were Used to Survive and Redefine Selfhood”
Elvi Bjorkquist, Iliff School of Theology

“The Sacred Made Hyper-Real: Christ-Puppets in Colonial Mexico”
Jaime Lara, Arizona State University

“Frida Kahlo's Transformation of Retablo”
Richard A. Rosengarten, University of Chicago Divinity School

“Bronze Roses, Pink Crosses, and Feminicide: The Art of Lament in Ciudad Juarez”
Colleen Carpenter, St. Catherine University

And for your added enjoyment!
A Sound & Light show on the history of San Antonio
will take place in the plaza immediately following the SARTS event.

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Panel Discussion: Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, by Bill Dyrness and Jonathan Anderson
with panelists Christina Carnes Ananias, Ben Quash, Taylor Worley, and Kimberly Vrudny; moderated by David Taylor

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Hilton Palacio del Rio-La Vista A (Conference Center - 22nd Level)

For many Christians, engaging with modern art raises several questions: Is the Christian faith at odds with modern art? Does modernism contain religious themes? What is the place of Christian artists in the landscape of modern art?
In 1970, Dutch art historian and theologian Hans Rookmaaker offered his assessment of the relationship between modern art and the Christian faith with the publication of his groundbreaking work, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture. As the title suggests, his interpretation was characterized primarily by great misgivings.
Nearly fifty years later, Jonathan Anderson and William Dyrness – an artist and a theologian – have co-authored Modern Art and the Life of a Culture. While deeply appreciating Rookmaaker’s invaluable contributions to the study of theology and the arts, Anderson and Dyrness offer their own interpretation of modern art by arguing that strong religious impulses positively shaped its development.
The panel, which includes Christina Carnes Ananias, Ben Quash, Taylor Worley, and Kimberly Vrudny, and moderated by David Taylor, will discuss Rookmaaker’s contribution as well as Anderson and Dyrness’s re-assessment of the relationship between modern art and the Christian faith. Their book is the first in IVP Academic’s new Studies in Theology and the Arts series.

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SARTS Theological Tour and Conversation
Theological Conversations in the Museum's Collection of Religious Art
Sunday, Nov. 20th at 11:00 a.m.
San Antonio Museum
(free admission)
Limit 25 persons. REGISTER here.

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The ARTS Editorial Board will meet Friday, November 18, 4:30 p.m., at the San Fernando Cathedral Center;
The SARTS Board will meet Saturday, November 19, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.