Saturday, January 25, 2014

Miracles in the Age of Reason (and other promising papers)

I've written here before about post-secular art history. Fortunately, this session trifecta at the upcoming College Art Association conference in Chicago confirms that it's not just me.
Thursday Feb. 13, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM
Religion and the Avant-Garde, Part I
Chair: Jeffrey Abt, Wayne State University
The Iconic Subconscious: Vassily Kandinsky and the “Russian Religious Renaissance” (
Maria Taroutina, Yale University)
Reinventing the Messiah: Isou’s Lettrism and the Avant-Garde as Religion in Postwar France
 (Marin Sarvé-Tarr, University of Chicago)
Disco Mystic: Doubt and Belief in Andy Warhol’s Shadows 
(Mark R. Loiacono, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
Sacred Dissensus: The Latin American Neo-Avant-Garde (Re)reads the Bible
 (Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra, University of Cambridge)
Discussant: Marcia G. Brennan, Rice University

Friday Feb. 14, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM
Religion and the Avant-Garde, Part II
Chair: Jeffrey Abt, Wayne State University
“And What Shall I Worship if Not the Enigma?” De Chirico’s Religion of Mystery
 (Anne Greeley, Indiana Wesleyan University)
The Color of Supreme Spirituality: Franz Marc and the Religion of Art 
(Nathan J. Timpano, University of Miami)
Useless Love: Matisse’s Vence Chapel and the Question of Religiosity in Modern Art
 (Joyce Cheng, University of Oregon)
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Meditations on Roman Catholic Spirituality in New Mexico
 (Randall C. Griffin, Southern Methodist University)
Discussant: Nancy Locke, Pennsylvania State University

Saturday Feb. 15, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture
After the Secular: Art and Religion in the Eighteenth Century
Chair: Kevin M. Chua, Texas Tech University
The Dôme des Invalides: Sublimity, Religious Rhetoric, and Aesthetic Experience in Early Eighteenth-Century France
 (Aaron Wile, Harvard University)
Theism and Secularization in James Barry’s Society of Arts Murals 
(Daniel R. Guernsey, Florida International University)
The Saving Heart-Knowledge, and the Soaring Airy Head-Knowledge: Quaker Aesthetics as an Agent of Cure in Lunatic Asylum Design
 (Ann-Marie Akehurst, University of York)
The Mother of Light in New Spain 
(Bernard J. Cesarone, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Miracles in the Age of Reason (Hannah Williams, University of Oxford)
If only there was a symposium at the Art Institute the day before the conference begins to help set the tone.  Ah, but there is! Wait - and it's free?  And all you have to do is email Miraculous!