Roundup: Liquor-store Jesus, Leviticus-inspired art, Hollywood actor talks grace, and more

What would Jesus do if he saw a stray shopping cart in a parking lot? Watch the video below to find out. Be like Jesus!


“111th Street Jesus” by Jim Hinch: This Image journal article from last year profiles muralist Kent Twitchell, who has executed several large-scale murals of Jesus, perhaps most famously his 111th Street Jesus, which was painted in 1984 on the exterior of a liquor store—punched through with bullet holes—in a gang-ridden section of Los Angeles (unfortunately, it was recently whitewashed by a new property owner). Hinch reports that a local Catholic priest, Father Dennis Berry, had recruited Twitchell to help beautify the neighborhood with the help of two former gang members who wanted to learn how to paint. As his model Twitchell used a young Hispanic man who had played Jesus in a local Passion play.

Jesus mural

Kent Twitchell (American, 1942-), 111th Street Jesus, 1984. Acrylic mural at Vermont Avenue and 111th Street, South Central Los Angeles, 14 x 50 feet. (No longer extant) Photo: François Duhamel.

“Q&A with ‘Captive’ star: ‘For me, Jesus is my denomination’” by Adelle M. Banks: Christian actor David Oyelowo, who played the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, plays a very different character in his latest film, Captive: Atlanta murderer and kidnapper Brian Nichols. In this interview he talks about grace, worship, and the book The Purpose Driven Life—which features heavily in the movie, now in theaters. (See the trailer below.)


“Contemporary Takes on the Self in a Manhattan Church” by Allison Meier: Through October 22, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City is hosting an exhibition titled “On the Inner and Outer Self.” Many of the twenty-eight artists taking part have created site-specific works for it.

Leviticus art exhibition: Through December 6, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, New York, is showing a series of terragraphs by Hermann Nitsch inspired by Leviticus, a book of the Bible that lays out the rituals and ceremonies practiced by the ancient people of Israel. Christians value the book, among other reasons, for its explanation and picturing of atonement, a state of reconciliation between God and man that we consider as having been accomplished once and for all by Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. (For more on Leviticus, see the excellent video overview put out by The Bible Project. 4:23 starts the bit on Yom Kippur, which Jews will be celebrating this Tuesday and Wednesday.)

Leviticus by Hermann Nitsch

Hermann Nitsch (Austrian, 1938-), Leviticus, 2010. Book of terragraph prints opened to Leviticus 7:2-10, which describes the proper priestly distribution of the guilt offering.

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