seminar: Sacred Traditions and The Arts

(1) The Godless and the Ikon: Soviet Materialism in Sacred Forms

(2) Jewish Artists/Christian Spaces: Mark Rothko and Louise Nevelson

Tuesday 12 June 2012

18.00 - 19.30, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House (Large Seminar Room SW-1.12)

NB: This is in the newly refurbished King’s section of Somerset House and the room is on the lower ground floor.

cross with gold and white sculptural relief
Louise Nevelson, Sculpture for the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, St Peter's Church, New York City, 1977 (photo: Aaron Rosen)




Speaker(s): Professor John Milner (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Aaron Rosen (King’s College London)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London) and Dr Ayla Lepine (The Courtauld)

The inaugural seminar to explore Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s and The Courtauld. It seeks to place researchers in dialogue who are working on any aspect of the sacred and visual culture. It is open to all scholars and students who have an interest in exploring the intersections of religion and art regardless of period, geography or tradition.

On 12 June, Professor John Milner will speak on The Godless and the Ikon: Soviet Materialism in Sacred Forms. Dr Aaron Rosen will then present a paper entitled Jewish Artists/Christian Spaces: Mark Rothko and Louise Nevelson. This pairing explores and complicates notions of sacred experience in relation to modern spaces and identity in Russia and the United States in the twentieth century.

Each speaker will offer a 20-minute paper, following which there will be ample time for discussion and questions. The seminar will close with an informal reception.



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