Virtual Talk: Spirituality and Religion in American Art
New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue series, hosted by Dr. Tanya Sheehan, professor of art at Colby College and executive editor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art Journal, invites leading scholars of American art to analyze objects in the Addison’s permanent collection and makes their research accessible to interested students, educators, museum visitors, and a broad audience of art enthusiasts.
For the second lecture in the series, Robert Cozzolino (Minneapolis Institute of Art) and Erika Doss (University of Notre Dame) will use works from the Addison’s collection as a springboard for discussion about spirituality and religion in American art. Doss’s book Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Religion (2023) considers as case studies Andy Warhol, Mark Tobey, and others whose work has been collected by the Addison. Cozzolino has studied the role that religion played for artists such as Gregory Gillespie, Honoré Sharrer, and George Tooker, in addition to exploring art and spirit contact in his major exhibition Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art (2022).