T.S. Eliot Inspires Art Show ‘QU4RTETS’

"QU4RTETS No. 3, Autumn" by Bruce Herman

“QU4RTETS No. 3, Autumn” by Bruce Herman

Artwork inspired by T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” will be featured in a collaborative exhibition “QU4RTETS” Oct. 21-Nov. 19 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. The exhibition includes paintings by artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman, and music by composer Christopher Theofanidis.

A reception and musical performance Wednesday, Oct. 23, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Voskuyl Library with pianist Mia Chung and five musicians performing Theofanidis’ composition “At the Still Point.” The reception and preview of the exhibition will follow in the museum through 7 p.m.

“Westmont is privileged to host the West Coast premier of Theofanidis’ new musical composition,” says Judy L. Larson, director of the museum.

Fujimura, a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from ’03-’09, and Herman, Lothlorien distinguished professor in fine arts at Gordon College, will speak in chapel at 10:30 a.m. in Westmont’s Murchison Gym.

Walter Hansen, Westmont trustee, and co-author Herman will autograph their new book, “Through Your Eyes: Dialogues on the Paintings of Bruce Herman,” on Friday, Oct. 25, from 11-11:45 a.m. in the museum.

“The museum is excited to work with the English department on planning activities, including a marathon reading of T.S. Eliot’s work, scholarly readings by Randy VanderMey, professor of English, Kathryn Artuso, assistant professor of English, and other events,” says Alisha Paulsen, museum outreach and education coordinator.

Fujimura has received a Doctor of Arts honorary degree from Belhaven and Biola Universities. Herman earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the School for the Arts at Boston University.