Apr. 10, 2012
On April 19, Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology presents “Seeing the Stories,” a lecture by Don Saliers on the art of John August Swanson. Saliers, William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus, will engage with Swanson’s work to explore visual narrative and spirituality.
The event begins with light refreshments and conversation at 6:30 p.m. in the library director's office, followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. in the library's Durham Reading Room. The event is free and open to the public.
This lecture is a featured event associated with the exhibit "The Art of Storytelling: The John August Swanson Collection" on display at Pitts Theology Library April 2–June 22. This exhibit provides a survey of Swanson’s early work.
Swanson’s art will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in Candler’s building; the school enjoys an extensive collection of his colorful paintings and prints. Swanson’s work is also displayed in such prestigious venues as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The Art Institute of Chicago, London’s Tate Gallery, the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Candler's holdings comprise the largest single collection of Swanson's art in the world.