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3VisionsoftheProphetTheVisualArtofKahlilGibranNovember22013-February92014DaywoodGalleryOpeningeventtakesplaceat7p.m.November22013withaconcertbySimonShaheen.Areceptionfollows.Admissionisfree.TheNovemberTuesdayTourtakesplaceat7p.m.November262013withaGalleryWalkledbyDr.ClayMcNearneyandDr.JeffRuffbothofMarshallUniversitysDepartmentofReligiousStudies.TheHuntingtonMuseumoArtinanexclusivepartnershipwiththeTelairMuseumsinSavannahGeorgiabringsyoutheexhibitVisionsofTheProphetTheVisualArtofKahlilGibran.ThiscollectionoworksbytheLebanese-bornvisionaryartistandwriterKahlilGibran1883-1931includes96drawingswatercolorsandpaintings.Belovedworldwideorhiswritingshisvisualartislessknownironicsinceitwasvisualartthathepursuedfrst.GibranisbestknownorhisbooktitledTheProphetacollectiono26philosophicalessaysthatbecameoneothetop-sellingbooksothetwentiethcentury.Sinceitwasfrstpublishedin1923TheProphethasneverbeenoutoprintandhasbeentranslatedinto40languages.Thebookwasespeciallypopularduringthe1960swithollowersotheAmericancountercultureandNewAgemovements.InspiredbypaintersromtheRenaissancethePre-RaphaelitestheFrenchSymbolistsandotherssuchasvisionaryWilliamBlakeGibransoughttoexpresssymbolicideasaboutliehumanityandtheinterconnectednessoallthingsinhisownuniqueway.TheseworksspanhiscareerandincludeearlyworksromhisfrstexhibitionatphotographerFredHollandDaysstudioinBostonin1904toworkscreatedduringthelastyearsohislieincludingsixworksusedasillustrationsinhislastbookTheGardenoftheProphet.AllthepiecesonviewcomeromthepersonalcollectionoGibranspatronMaryHaskellwhodonatedhercollectiontotheTelairMuseumsin1950.TheyprovideasurveyoGibranscareerasavisualartistdocumenthisrelationshipwithMaryHaskellandsubstantiatehisliterarycareerwithexamplesoseveraldrawingsandwatercolorsusedasillustrationsorsixohisEnglish-writtenbooks.Theexhibitalsoincludessel-portraitsbyGibrananearlyoilportraitoGibranbyLillaCabotPerryandphotographsoGibranandhisNewYorkstudio.TaniaSammonsCuratorattheTelfairMuseumsandorganizerofthisexhibithaswrittenextensivelyaboutMaryHaskellandKahlilGibran.ShewritesthefollowingabouttheworkofGibranThroughoilwatercolorpencilpenpastelgouacheorsomevariationthereofGibransoughttoevoketheessenceoflife.Hewantedtoelevatehumanitythroughhisworkandsharehisideasabouttheconnectednessofallthings.Hewantedtoinspireandstretchtheimaginationsofhisaudiencesiftheysochoosetobeopentohismessageofoneness.InhisvisualworkandhiswritingGibranprovidedafirststepintoaspiritualunderstandingoflife.TheexhibitwillbeaccompaniedbyacataloguewithessaysbyTaniaSammonsandDr.SuheilBushruitheUniversityofMarylandsGeorgeandLisaZakhemKahlilGibranChairforValuesandPeace.ThisexhibitisgenerouslysponsoredbyJeanE.RipleyAmericanTaskForceforLebanonJosephAssaleyandReneeDomanicoTheEdmundGeorgeFamilyDr.Mrs.LeeC.HaikalGeorgeandGloriaHannaTheHerald-DispatchKfeirianReunionFoun-dationInc.MargaretMaryLayneinMemoryofTomSadlerMelanieMansourinMemoryofMichaelMansourMarshallUniver-sityDivisionofMulticulturalAffairsEdwardM.RahalDr.RichardandEleanorRashidMr.andMrs.AndrewK.TeeterJosephandOmaymaToumaLarryandCherylTweelinMemoryofJamesA.TweelandinHonorofSallyR.TweelWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryNationalEndowmentfortheArtswithapprovalfromtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.ThisprogramispresentedwithsupportfromtheWestVirginiaDepartmentofEducationandtheArts.KahlilGibranAmericanb.Lebanon1883-1931UntitledWomanwithSkull1910.Charcoalonlaidpaper18x13.TheTelfairMuseumsGiftofMaryHaskellMinis1950.8.85