Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Western European time)
In her talk Dr. Perry will discuss how art and religion for centuries have had a dynamic and intertwined relationship, providing a fascinating field of study for those interested in the artistic dimensions of religion or in the religious/spiritual dimensions of art. Art and religion, while remaining distinct categories despite some remarkable overlapping, have influenced and enhanced each other. But they have also provided arenas for conflict. In a Bahá’í context, there are new opportunities for the convergence of art and religion. With PowerPoint slides, Dr. Perry will focus on theoretical as well as actual ideas and examples.
Anne Gordon Perry, PhD Aesthetic Studies, teaches at the Art Institute of Dallas and has been a writer and practicing artist for many years. Her published essays include “Women in Art” (Journal of Bahá’í Studies); “The Dilemma of the Artist: Thoughts on the Development of Bahá’í Aesthetics” (The Creative Circle); and “Where Spirit and Art Intersect” (in book of the same title, published by George Ronald). She is the major author/editor of Green Acre on the Piscataqua and the editor of ORISON arts journal. With her husband, Tim Perry, she produced a feature-length film, Luminous Journey: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 1912.