I Write Too Many Words

  “Without music, life would be a mistake” (Nietzsche)   [Read more...]

Who Are You?

Every painting is a self-portrait. Although he may nowhere be seen on the canvas, the artist is everywhere present. Yet it is a self that escapes the artist’s control, transcending (and sometimes even undermining) the artist’s intentions. However, in a self-portrait the artist makes himself present to you and to me, controlling how he is [Read More...]

Politics and the Narcissist Impulse: Just Make Me a Hero, Please

Election season is winding down. We will all breathe a sigh of relief when it’s over (or half of us will) The political machine seems driven around something quite basic to humanity: narcissism. In political discourse we hear a lot about the “common good,” and the “state of the country.” But whether the topic is [Read More...]

Sandy

I was supposed to fly to New York City tomorrow to preach at a church in Brooklyn. But they were hit by a hurricane on Monday (see fake picture at right). Best that they have their own pastor there on Sunday. Sandy was a magnificent storm. Had it stayed out at sea, we would have [Read More...]

The Evangelical Hamster Ball

We evangelicals who care about the arts tend to operate in a hamster ball. Protected by our Christian worldview and our theologies of art and culture which fuel our work, we scurry about the artistic and cultural landscape able to apply our worldview and theology to everything we see. The fact that we see it [Read More...]

Mali?

Not even four minutes into the last presidential debate, Mitt Romney mentioned Mali as a terrorism hot spot. I was proud that I knew where Mali was, though  had no idea something bad had happened there. As it turns out, according to a post by Morgan Lorraine Roach, after Muammar Qadhafi’s defeat in Libya last October, [Read More...]

Let’s Explore Modern Art

  I know modern art can be strange and difficult. So, let’s spend a week this summer exploring it. I will be leading a week-long class on modern and contemporary art with the Glen Workshop, sponsored by IMAGE Journal. The workshop takes place June 10-17 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. In addition [Read More...]

Hunting Satan

Guest blogger Dawn Duncan Harrell is author of Ten Ways to Pray. You can find her here and read more here. “So is evil a force like gravity, the propensity to serve self at the expense of the other, or a person that tempts and oppresses humans like Satan?” my fellow reader asked. We were sitting—she [Read More...]

“You’d be Really Pretty if You were White”: Jesus and Race in America

Editor Note: Today’s Guest Post is by Doneila McIntosh. Doneila is completing her M.Div. at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and is a wife and mother of two boys.  A few nights ago, as my family was sitting down for dinner, my three year old Levi asked, “Mommy is Levi white?” As I hesitated [Read More...]

Brave Small World

The Nobel Prize for Physics last week went to two scientists who figured how to isolate quarks for the sake of study, and by way of application, for the sake of quantum computers, doing to classical computers what quantum theory did to classical physics. University of Rochester physics professor  Adam Frank put it this way: [Read More...]

Beyond the Image

  In addition to my weekly blog posts here at Cultivare, I am also contributing as a guest over at “Good Letters: Words Made Flesh,” a blog of IMAGE: A Journal of Art and Faith and hosted over at Patheos. You can read my second post,“Beyond the Image,” which explores what a painting is and is not. [Read more...]

My Kid Can Do That

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937, Reina Sofia, Madrid “My kid can do that” is a common accusation leveled against modern artists whose paintings look nothing like the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, or a Thomas Kinkade print. As a museum curator I heard this numerous times. Modern art frustrates our presumptions of what art should [Read More...]


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