November 10 Sympathetic Magic Artists Panel Recording Now Available

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… Keep reading

Art Heals Discussion on December 1

Join us Wednesday, December 1, 3–4 p.m., for the second in a series of drop-in discussions about art and healing. During this informal hour together we will engage in guided activities and conversations about the art on display in the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery exhibit: Sympathetic Magic. Location: Fine Arts Gallery, Cohen Memorial Hall,… Keep reading

Nov. 10 Artists Panel to discuss themes of Healing, Resilience and Transformation

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… Keep reading

Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation | August 26, 2021–January 30, 2022

Throughout history and across the planet, people have invariably created objects promoting faith, healing and transformation. Sympathetic Magic presents objects from Vanderbilt University Collections alongside works by modern and contemporary artists, in acknowledgement of the steadfast and uniquely human belief in the transformative power of art. Historical artifacts on view—ranging from votives and tomb objects… Keep reading

Anatolian amulet with an eye design, date unknown. Collection of Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1994.366

Skyscraper Gothic | February–May 2022

Curated by Kevin Murphy Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities Professor and Chair of the Dept. of History of Art and Architecture Skyscraper Gothic presents an interdisciplinary interpretation of an important—but overlooked—phase in the stylistic development of the tall office building. Among the most beloved examples of American architecture, skyscrapers such as the Woolworth (1913),… Keep reading

Jacob Vanderbilt painting of the woolworth skyscraper seen through an arch

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita and the Art of the Cat | Summer 2022

Predating Warhol with an art persona as radical as his work, the Japanese-French artist Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (藤田 嗣治, 1886–1968) might have been a household name akin to Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse (They were his colleagues in 1920s Paris—even closer friends included Chaim Soutine and Amedeo Modigliani). While working in Montparnasse, Foujita was highly… Keep reading

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita photographed in his art studio by Jean Agélou