Thurs­day, March 16 – Sun­day, March 19

The Covington News - - LOCAL -

The New­ton County Arts As­so­ci­a­tion will show “Hair­spray” fea­tur­ing the Ox­ford Act­ing Com­pany and Ox­ford Youth Singers. March 16, 17 and 18 shows start at 7 p.m. and the March 19 show starts at 3 p.m. at Porter Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at 140 Ram Drive, in Cov­ing­ton. Thurs­day, March 16 The com­mu­nity is in­vited to a se­ries of in­tel­lec­tu­ally stim­u­lat­ing, fun, in­ter­ac­tive classes brought to you by Ox­ford Col­lege and held at the Com­mu­nity Room at Ox­ford City Hall. Call 770-784-8389 for more in­for­ma­tion. Thurs­day’s class will be “We have met the prodi­gal, and he is us?: Thomas Hart Ben­ton’s Prodi­gal Son” with Dr. David B. Gowler, pro­fes­sor of re­li­gion. The para­ble of the prodi­gal son has fas­ci­nated in­ter­preters over the cen­turies more than any other para­ble of Je­sus. The in­trigu­ing char­ac­ter­i­za­tions of the father and his two sons in this para­ble, for ex­am­ple, chal­lenge read­ers to mull over the pos­si­bil­i­ties in­her­ent in their por­tray­als. In ad­di­tion, para­bles them­selves are also fa­mously open-ended. In the prodi­gal son, for in­stance, read­ers/hear­ers do not even know whether the el­der son joins the cel­e­bra­tion of his brother’s re­turn or whether the younger son ac­tu­ally re­pents or, once again, plays his father for a fool. In this lec­ture, Dr. Gowler will share a few ex­am­ples from vis­ual art to il­lus­trate how the para­ble of the prodi­gal son has been “re­ceived.” Re­cep­tions of the younger son in vis­ual art usu­ally fo­cus on the need for pen­i­tence and—be­gin­ning with Al­brecht Dürer’s The Prodi­gal Son (c. 1496) and most fa­mously de­picted in sev­eral of Rem­brandt’s works—of­ten self-iden­tify with the prodi­gal and de­pict his dis­so­lute life, “re­pen­tance” among the pigs, or lov­ing re­cep­tion by his father. One of the most in­trigu­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the prodi­gal son is Thomas Hart Ben­ton’s idio­syn­cratic 1939 litho­graph, Prodi­gal Son, ap­par­ently where “go­ing home to find res­o­lu­tion was an as­pi­ra­tion with­out hope.” Most of the lec­ture will fo­cus on Ben­ton’s litho­graph and the con­text that help toin­form our own in­ter­pre­ta­tions of it.

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