—Vasily Kandinsky, from Concerning the Spiritual in Art (translated by M.T.H. Sadler).

This is one of the quotes Krista is using in preparing for her role as moderator of The Guggenheim Museum’s online forum called “The Spiritual (Re)Turn” taking place this October. Kandinsky believed that there should be a union of art and spiritual thought. This advocacy will be used as an entry point to talking about larger issues of spirituality in the contemporary art world, and what it all means.

The events take place October 19-23, 2009, culminating in a live, one-hour chat on Thursday, October 22 starting at 2 pm Eastern, with panelists:

Huma Bhabha
Artist Huma Bhabha earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Columbia University. She was awarded the 2008 Emerging Artist Award from the Aldrich Museum of Art. Her work has recently appeared in After Nature at the New Museum, New York, and in the 7th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea (both 2008).

Louis A. Ruprecht Jr.
Louis A. Ruprecht Jr. is William M. Suttles Chair of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. The author of six books and a staff writer for the online magazine Religion Dispatches, Ruprecht is currently researching the role of religion in the development of the modern museum.

Mark C. Taylor
Mark C. Taylor is Chair of the Department of Religion and co-director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University.  He is the author of more than twenty-five books, several of which are on art and architecture.

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Very interesting! This should be made into an episode of SOF.

I hope this gets a writeup in NYT at least. What a fascinating discussion it promises to be.

Looking forward to listening in on the chat!