Makoto Fujimura – Art + Faith: A Theology of Making
Episode: Generativity over usefulness and efficiency. Making versus fixing. The “new newness” of Redemption and New Creation. In this episode artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura joins co-host Amy Hughes to discuss his new book Art + Faith: A Theology of Making. Depending on one’s church tradition, the role of art in the theological endeavor can span the range from fundamental to antagonistic. Fujimura builds upon his earlier work on culture care to offer a theological vision that offers coherence and beauty to truncated versions of the gospel.
Guest: Makoto Fujimura is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Makoto Fujimura as its “2014 Religion and the Arts” award recipient. He has had numerous museum exhibits including Tikotin Museum in Israel and Gonzaga Jundt Museum. New York’s Waterfall Mansion & Gallery, Asia’s Artrue Gallery represents his works. New York Times colonist David Brooks has featured Fujimura’s work and Culture Care as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time.” He has authored several books, including Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for our Common Life (IVP) and Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering (IVP). His new book Art + Faith: A Theology of Making (Yale Press) has been called by poet Christian Wiman as “a tonic for our atomized time.”
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