The Q U 4 R T E T S project grew out of a dinner-party conversation in Manhattan in 2009, when several friends discovered that they all took deep enjoyment and inspiration from a common text: T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, a monumental poem acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century.
The visual artists present, Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura,created new, collaborative works to accompany previous works inspired by Four Quartets, and teamed up with Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, who has written a four-part musical score for the touring exhibit. His piano quintet "At the Still Point" will have its premiere in February 2013.
In addition, the theologian Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor at Duke University (who will speak at Yale on February 15), joined the project, with his essay being included in the exhibition catalog, available at the Yale Divinity Student Book Supply here.
The exhibition Q U 4 R T E T S, with works by Fujimura and Herman, will be on display at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music's ISM Gallery of Sacred Arts from February 21 - March 8. The gallery is open Tuesday - Friday from 3 to 6 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 PM. It is closed on Feburary 28.
A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, March 2 in conjunction with T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets as Poetry, Music, Art, an event presenting aspects of the poetry, a discussion and performance of part of Theofanidis's "At the Still Point" by students of Yale School of Music, and the artists' own perspective on Eliot's poem and their work. This event takes place at 409 Prospect St., beginning at 4 PM Marquand Chapel and moving to the gallery.
Both the exhibition and the related events are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. There is ample free parking.
Tours are available, and may also be arranged outside gallery hours. Call 203.436.5955 for more information.