Evening at the Museum series to feature “The Passion of the Christ in Art” by Conny Bogaard of WKCF
Southwest Kansans interested in historic Christian art can count on an Easter season program taking place at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Finney County Museum in Garden City.
Conny Bogaard, executive director of the Western Kansas Community Foundation, will present the Finney County Historical Society’s concluding Evening at the Museum lecture for the spring season, entitled “From Passover to the Resurrection: The Passion of Christ in Art.”
Bogaard holds a master of arts degree in art history, with a specialization in museum studies, as well as a doctorate in philosophy, aesthetics and art theory. She took charge of the WKCF in 2015 and is preparing a book for publication on the role museums have played in the history of human consciousness.
“The life of Jesus been the subject of countless art works from Roman times through the present day,” Bogaard said. “The primary literary sources for these representations are the Gospels of the New Testament attributed to the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; later apocryphal works and the commentaries of medieval theologians on these texts.”
Her presentation will include a PowerPoint program showing many pieces of Christian art, spanning a period of approximately 2,000 years.
The evening history lecture series features a different presentation on the third Tuesday of each month, January through April and September through November. All the programs begin at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Finney County Museum, with free admission, and run approximately one hour each. Those who attend should use the north entrance, and are welcome to bring their own dinner, if desired. The museum staff will provide dessert and beverages.
The series is sponsored by Southern Council of the AT&T Pioneers. Previous programs this year have included a look at Plains Indian culture by Ken Weidner of Copeland, a session by Santa Fe Trail Association officer Linda Peters of Lakin, and a history of Finney County Emergency Medical Services by retired EMS Director Bob Prewitt.
The free evening series will resume in September, and the historical society will also announce the date and program soon for the annual “Evening in the Past” historical re-enactment, a ticketed event with dinner on the museum patio.