"...It is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced." -Madame Blavatsky
With these words, written in The Secret Doctrine in 1888, Helena Blavatsky drew a direct connection to the dynamic energy of 19th century Americanism and the Theosophical Society she founded. Later, she and her successors would specify the American West as the site for a rebirth and re-enchantment of humanity, drawing those seeking spiritual fulfillment outside of organized religion to the dramatic landscapes of California, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The syncretic nature of Theosophy encouraged individualism in belief, fitting well the generalizations of individuality and personal agency often used to characterize the American West.
Amongst those that came to the West seeking spiritual meaning were visual artists and composers inspired both by contact with Theosophical institutions or texts and the transcendent landscapes of the West. This exhibit will take as a point of departure this intersection of influences: Theosophical thought and the western landscape, as an invitation to explore the role of Theosophy on Western American art and music in the 20th century. To learn more about this project and its worldwide scope, click on this link here.
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft
January 30 - April 15, 2015
The Arizona State University Art Museum presents Crafting a Contiuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft. Curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry, Senior Curator and Associate Director, and Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics and organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, Crafting a Continuum includes approximately 60 objects from the ASU Art Museum's permanent collection and recent acquisitions, including works by many of the major and emerging figures in contemporary crafts. This exhibit and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts highlighting innovative experimentation with this ancient medium.
Philip C. Moulthrop
White Pine Mosaic Bowl, 1992
Collection of the Arizona State University Art Museum; Museum
purchase with funds provided by the American Art Heritage Fund