Monday, January 09, 2023

Art Exhibition: 'Marc Chagall and the Bible'—Lecture March 29

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UPDATE: Author Vivian R. Jacobson will give a lecture on this exhibition on Wednesday, March 29, at 12:30 p.m. in the Divinity School's 0014 Westbrook classroom. Read more.

In partnership with Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA), the Chapel is presenting an exhibition of prints of works by the distinguished, modernist artist Marc Chagall. Curated by the art collector Sandra Bowden, the exhibition, Marc Chagall and the Bible, features etchings and lithographs with biblical themes.

The art is on display in the Chapel until March 30, 2023. No tickets or reservations are required. The Chapel is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. but is sometimes closed to the public for private ceremonies; before planning a visit, check our website calendar.

Chagall (1887–1985) is perhaps the foremost visual interpreter of the Bible in the twentieth century. His vision of the Bible combines his Jewish heritage and modern art, giving us a rich display of symbol and imagination. Chagall said he did not see the Bible, but he dreamed it, even as a child, and so his art is filled with his own reoccurring symbols of visual memory and imagination. With wit and joy, Chagall’s works invite us to a fresh encounter with widely known stories from the Hebrew Bible.

This exhibition of Chagall and the Bible includes thirty-five lithographs and etchings of Chagall’s graphic works as well as one signed original poster. Twenty-eight brilliantly colored images from his 1956 and 1960 suites of Bible lithographs are luminous interpretations of some of his favorite stories from the Hebrew Bible. Each is a delightful and colorful interpretation that lets the viewer enter the worlds of the Bible and the artist. Another ten etchings from a Bible series he worked on for twenty-five years brings together the artist’s spirituality and childhood fantasy through the sophisticated artistry of a master printmaker.

A sample of artwork in the exhibition: