|Baker Book House series explores art 'in a Christian way'|
|Written by Eric Tiansay|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 10:23 AM EDT|
In a departure from the typical Christian bookstore event, Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Mich., is hosting a free series that focuses on art. "Art Talks: Lectures and Discussions on Art" is scheduled for the next five Thursdays, starting tonight.
"This series has a two-fold purpose, and our title reflects this," Baker Book House officials said in an eblast. "The first is simple enough: this is a series of talks about art. Christians have always had a complicated history with the arts. ... The second purpose and meaning of our title is more subtle. Not only do we talk about art, but art itself tries to speak to us. This series will allow space for Christians to view and interpret art together as we learn to hear what art is saying to us."
The series starts tonight with Lambert Zuidervaart in "Creating a Disturbance: Art, Ethics and Relational Autonomy. On Sept. 5, Michael Stevens and Rick Beerhorst are featured in "Painting from the Roots Up." On Sept. 12, Nicholas Wolterstorff, author of Justice in Love (Wm. B. Eerdmans), will host "The Chair: Reflections on Art, Craft, and Design."
William Romanowski, author of Eyes Wide Open (Brazos Press/Baker Publishing Group ), will lead a discussion on "Hollywood Films as Popular Art and Culture?" on Sept. 19. Calvin Seerveld, author of Voicing God's Psalms (Eerdmans), will host "Learning to Look at Art with Human, Biblical Discernment" on Sept. 26.
"Ranging from rigorous academic investigations to casual and meaningful dialogues, Art Talks offers content for all those engaged in thinking about and creating art in a Christian way," Baker Book House said. "Whether you are a seasoned aesthetician or you have never heard the word 'aesthetic' in your life, you will find much to enjoy."
For more information, visit http://www.bakerbookstore.com/.