If you missed the November 10 Sympathetic Magic artists panel discussion, the video recording is now available.
Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation contrasts Christian imagery with ritual objects from China, pre-Columbian North America and modern art as a means to explore ritual. The contemporary artists in this exhibition—Department of Art faculty María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Raheleh Filsoofi, Jana Harper and alumnus Aiden Layer, BS’19,—draw insight from distinct mediums and diverse cultural backgrounds, contributing artworks that bridge the inner life of an individual with the material world we all share.
Sympathetic Magic runs through Jan. 30, 2022, in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, second floor, Cohen Memorial Hall, and is open to the campus community. A video tour of the exhibition is also available.
Image Credits Left to Right: 1) Aiden Layer, American, b. 1997. Disturbing the Status Quo, 2021 Inkjet print on paper, Courtesy of the artist.
2) Jana Harper, American, b. 1970. This Holding: Traces of Contact, 2020 Video, 27′, Courtesy of the Artist. Movement Director: Rebecca Steinberg, Musical Score and Arrangement: Moksha Sommer & Jemal Wade Hines, Videography: Sam Boyette, Dancers: James Barrett, Kira Fargas, Lenin Fernandez, David Flores, Spencer Grady, Becca Hoback, Emma Morrison, Hadassah Perry, Sarah Salim, Rebecca Steinberg. Produced with support from the National Foundation for the Arts, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, Metro Arts Nashville, and the Office of the Provost at Vanderbilt University.
3) Raheleh Filsoofi, Iranian-American, b. 1975. Bite, 2021, Ceramic objects and performance, Courtesy of the artist.
4) María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cuban, b. 1959. Warrior Reservoir, 2011, Watercolor, ink and Prismacolor on cotton fiber, amate (bark), and handmade papers with ribbon and African totems and spears. Dr. and Mrs. E. Williams Ewers Gift for Fine Arts Fund Purchase, with additional support provided by the Janice D. Forsythe Memorial Fund, the Julia Haddock Fine Arts Memorial Fund, and the Thomas B. Brumbaugh Fund Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 2011.015