Experiencing the Divine: Devotional Practices of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity

Experiencing the Divine: Devotional Practices of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity title art

About the Exhibition

The Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum is pleased to present the 12th annual exhibition organized by students in the Senior Art and Architecture History Capstone Seminar. The ART498 Capstone seminar course that resulted in the development of the exhibition was led by Andrew Casper, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture History. Art Museum staff supported the development of the exhibition by providing educational introductions to exhibitions development, collections care and registration methods, installation practices, graphic design, and marketing and communications.

Experiencing the Divine: Devotional Practices of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity explores the function of religious devotional objects in the three Abrahamic faiths within three contexts: “The Question of Images” navigates the varying ways each of these religions have interpreted the Second Commandment and its prohibition against the making of images. “Tangible Devotion” features objects that worshippers may have held or interacted with during moments of personal or collective devotion. “Sacred Spaces” demonstrates how many of these objects would have been used concurrently to create a devotional space.

There will be a public opening reception on Wednesday, February 8 from 5-7pm, where the Capstone students will present their research, followed by a reception and presentation of the exhibition.

Department of Art, College of Creative Arts (Miami University)
Art Museum Members Association
Miriam W. Howard Art Museum Fund

SPECIAL APPRECIATION is extended to the Cincinnati Skirball Museum at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, for the loan of objects to this exhibition.

CAPSTONE STUDENTS :: Conal Donovan, Jessica Pierce, Logan Bowers, Chloe Leroy, Tyler Ania, Sophia Rosen, Elise Clawson, Mary Visco, Laila Haidar, Chi Nguyen, Lindsey Harris, Nat Born, Caitlyn Campbell, Ginny Lindsay, Jenna Mauro, Elizabeth Seitz, Annie Nelson, Evan Cole, Dr. Andrew Casper, Dylan Crum. Kiki Kollar.

Exhibition banner image caption: Artist unknown (Russian); Mizraḥ (detail), 1810; Ink on parchment, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches; On loan from the Cincinnati Skirball Museum, B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum Collection, gift of Joseph B. and Olyn Horwitz; TAP 0574



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Related Programming

WED | FEB 8 | 5PM

Art History Capstone Exhibition Reception and Student Gallery Talks

Join Professor Andrew Casper and Capstone students for a special reception and hear them discuss their research and curatorial experiences. This in-gallery program is supported by the Department of Art at Miami University. Reception at 5 PM. Student gallery talks from 6 PM.

WED | MAR 8 | 5PM

Interfaith Dialogue: Abrahamic Faiths

Join us for an interfaith dialogue program with local religious leaders of the three Abrahamic faiths.
Imam Sh. Hossam Musa, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Sr. Rabbi Meredith Kahan, Kehal Kodesh Bene Israel (Rockdale Temple), Cincinnati  
The Reverend Julie Blake Fisher, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford
This panel program is organized in conjunction with the Art and Architecture History Capstone exhibition.


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