VIDEO: Spirituality and Religion in American Art

PART 2: Spirituality and Religion in American Art

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) 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). (Recorded on February 21, 2023)


Augustus Saint-Gaudens, The Puritan, cast 1899, bronze on Italian marble base, 33 x 20 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches, museum purchase, 1956.9

David Wojnarowicz, A Fire in My Belly (Film in Progress) and A Fire in My Belly Excerpt, 1986–1987, Super 8mm film transferred to DVD, black and white and color, silent, purchased as the gift of Louis Wiley, Jr. (PA 1963), 2012.59

Hans Hofmann, Exaltment, 1947, oil on canvas, 59 3/4 x 47 3/4 inches, museum purchase, 1960.6

Generous support for New Perspectives: The Collection in Dialogue has been provided by the Lana Lobell Fund and the Alumni/Alumnae Lectureship Fund.

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