Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College
On a breezy summer day, I joined a group of artists and writers in the basement of the Liberty Bar in midtown Manhattan to discuss the many places religious life meets the visual arts.The meeting took place under the auspices of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, founded in the 1960s by theologian Paul Tillich and Alfred H. Barr, Jr, the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Erling Hope organized the event. Contrary to the shortsighted views of secular art critics, one thing is clear: religion is alive and well in contemporary art.
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View McBee's and Verwer's work in the accompanying slide show.