MARY JAHARIS CENTER FOR BYZANTINE ART AND CULTURE INAUGURATED
The inaugural event of The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology was held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, attended by more than two hundred invited guests. The Center was established through a three million dollar gift from The Jaharis Family Foundation. The Center will be a premier international research center for the promotion and study of Byzantine art and culture and host academic programs, seminars, conferences, visiting scholars, special events and art programs.
The inaugural festivities began with the opening of an exhibition of icons by the noted hagiographer Fotis Kontoglou, entitled Kontoglou: The Return of the Byzantine Icon, curated by the Very. Rev. Joachic Cotsonis, Director of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Respource Center on the campus of Hellenic College and Holy Cross, and himself a noted Byzantine scholar and art historian. The exhibit is in the Library's Reading Room and will be open to the public Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm, through November 5, 2010.
The program then moved to The Maliotis Cultural Center. Dr. Maria Kouroumali, Director of The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, opened the program with greetings for all in attendance. His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, praised the Jaharis family for their philanthropy and generous gift, which he likened to a seed sown in the field of Hellenic College and Holy Cross that "will grow multifold with God's help and will become a large and fruitful tree as in the parable of the mustard seed so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches".
Greetings were offered by the Rev. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College and Holy Cross, the Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald, Dean of Holy Cross, Dr. Demetrios Katos, Interim Dean of Hellenic College and Professor Margaret Mullett, Director of the Byzantine Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Helen C. Evans, The Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, presented a lecture entitled Byzantium and Kontoglou, which was followed by a lecture by Dr. Ryan P. Preston, Adjunct Professor at The Newberry Library in Chicago and who wrote his doctoral disseertation on Kontoglou, entitled Photis Kontoglou and the Revival of Byzantine Painting.
The celebration concluded with a lecture by Nektarios S. Antoniou, Founder and Artistic Directgor of Schola Cantorum, entitled From the Narrow Path to Broadway: Visual Overtuones and Sound Theology, followed by a concert of liturgical, Byzantine and modern Greek music by Schola Cantorum and the Silk on the Road Ensemble.
Below is a list of upcoming events at Hellenic College Holy Cross. For a complete list, please refer to our Campus Calendar.