Channeled Visions: Women, Esotericism and Modern Art
Includes general admission to the Museum / FREE for Members
Popular esoteric movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Spiritualism and Theosophy, provided a number of women artists with new avenues of creative expression. This lecture will focus on their attempts to chart new spiritual territories utilizing innovative visual strategies. Some of the artists to be examined are the British medium Georgiana Houghton, Swiss healer Emma Kunst, Swedish Theosophist Hilma af Klint, and the American visionary Agnes Pelton.Susan Aberth (B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY) is an Associate Professor in the Art History Program at Bard College. Her specialties include Latin American Art, Surrealism, Outsider Art and Esotericism and she is particularly interested in women surrealists working in the Americas. In addition to her 2004 book Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art (Lund Humphries and Turner in Spanish), she has contributed essays to Surrealism, Occultism and Politics: In Search of the Marvelous (Routledge Press, 2018), Leonora Carrington: Cuentos Mágicos, (Museo de Arte Moderno & INBA, Mexico City, 2018); Unpacking: The Marciano Collection (Delmonico Books, Prestel, 2017), and Leonora Carrington and the international avant-garde (Manchester University Press, 2017) as well as articles in Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies, Black Mirror (London), and Journal of Surrealism of the Americas. She is currently working on a book that explores the role of trance mediums in the formation of modern art, particularly in the United States (working title: Channeled Visions: Mediums and Modern Art).