Mysticism, Landscape, and the American West
April 14 – December 10, 2014
With artworks from the NEHMA permanent collection and works on loan from a number of museums and private collectors, this exhibition explores the role of the American West as a site for rebirth and enchantment, specifically through artists and composers who explored the visionary interpretations of the landscape in visual or musical forms inspired by Theosophical ideas. Curated by a group of international scholars, selected works convey local and regional connections to Theosophically-inspired artists and musicians while also placing them within the international network of enchanted culture that flourished in the early 20th century.
So what is Theosophy? While its roots go back thousands of years, beginning from the 1500s forward, it has generally been associated with the practices of using knowledge and observations of nature and one’s self as a way to understand the divinity in nature both physically and metaphysically.
Ex : Emil Bisttram