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 Kunz, Swedish Theosophist Hilma af Klint, and the American visionary Agnes Pelton. About the Speaker: 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). Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist On view through September 8, 2019 at Phoenix Art Museum. For more information: http://bit.ly/phxartapdt Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/phxart Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/phxart Thumbnail Image Credit: Agnes Pelton, Day, 1935, oil on canvas, Gift of The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation.
The World’s Largest Spiritualist Community
When Lily Dale was founded 140 years ago, it was created as a place unlike any other. Not for being flashy or grand, as much of what is different about Lily Dale is not visible. This is a place people come to renew, to expand, to connect, to explore. Mediumship – talking to the dead – has been an important part of Lily Dale since the very beginning, but what many people don’t know is how much healing has played a role in the creation and evolution of the place. In the early days this included critical social justice movements of the time, in particular women’s suffrage, as well as early developments of alternative healing from the laying on of hands to hypnosis.
Lily Dale Today
Today, Lily Dale embraces its rich history of mediumship and healing as a summer program to share and teach a wide variety of spiritual and wellness topics and a year-round community that is home to more than 50 professional, registered mediums. We welcome you to explore our fascinating and beautiful little corner of the world, from our old growth forest to one of our cosy bed and breakfasts.
We are also the home of a thriving community of Spiritualists, including groups and committees dedicated to every aspect of running the summer program and year-round activities for residents and visitors alike.