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Lost Spirituality of 20th Century Art Part 5
March 13, 2016
10:00 A.M.
 
Sunday forums take place at 10:00 A.M. in the Living Room of Saint Peter's Church.

Forums feature lively and open discussions about scripture, current issues and other topics of interest. In an effort to build understanding, awareness and appreciation of a variety of ways of speaking about God, forums often take on the perspectives of multiple faiths and traditions.

Conversations are led by a pastor, a person from Saint Peter's Church sharing experience or expertise, and outside speakers, often integrating art and literature.

All are welcome.

About this week's forum

20TH CENTURY ART AND THE RELIGIOUS IMPULSE: TOWARDS A HAGIOGRAPHY OF MODERNISM

—by Dennis Raverty, 2015 (all rights reserved)

The religious impulse is an innate, instinctual desire for the transcendent, according to C. G. Jung. This almost sacramental quest to give
visual form to the inner aspirations of the spirit drove much modernist art, but has been largely eclipsed by the secular, formalistic and de-politicized interpretation that has dominated our understanding of 20th-century art until recently. The aim of this series is to restore some of the original mystical intensions of the artists as they struggled in their work to represent the Unpresentable against the backdrop of this turbulent era.

March 13-Postmodern German Atonement: Beuys & Kiefer
Originally a Nazi pilot, a near-fatal plane crash and subsequent recovery convinced Beuys to devote his postwar teaching and obsessive performance art to Teshuva, Hebrew for repentance and reorientation; an early environmentalist, he was among the founders of the Green Party. His student, Anselm Kiefer, born after the war, confronted the shame of the
recent past, embraced an impassioned revival of expressionism and, not surprisingly, was appreciated in Israel long before being widely recognized in Germany.