Today we are finishing up the Art, Cinema and Theology course and, as usual, we have run out of time and have much left to cover. We still have Francis Bacon, Warhol and Basquiat movies on the table. Bacon, who lives on in the works of Damien Hirst, is featured in the film, Love and Death, surely one of the best cinematic representations of an artist's life. The film slips into blurred and surreal moments that echo Bacon's painterly style. Although I must say that this term has been much more about framing a theological approach, or rather using art as a model for theology, so the cinematic element has become more of a device and a way in to the other disciplines--that is not a bad thing but it changes the dynamic and focus of the class. I think it also points towards the fact that there are more and more artists coming to the seminary, or let me rephrase that, more people coming for whom the arts are a principle lens through which they explore their faith and theology. Last week we made a field-trip to Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum where we checked out the small but interesting exhibit featuring the demonic in Tibetan Buddhism, plus the other regular galleries which hold a treasure trove of stuff from Rembrandt to Picasso. It was good to stand before some real works of art and discuss our varied responses to particular pieces. The scope of Picasso's creative arc is evident in the paintings and sculptures on display, you can see connections and disconnections between his ideas--a man fully engaged in his own creative process. Today's class will be a feeble attempt at wrapping up some loose ends and offering a few new threads by which to practice theology.