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Séances, Spirits, and Snails: Uncovering the Spiritual Story behind the Visionary World of Hilma af Klint with Stephani Pescitelli

Over a century ago, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint received a commission from a spirit to translate a “secret growing” of spiritual truths about humanity through her art. Regarded as a “crazy witch,” she perhaps wisely willed these works to be kept secret until 20 years after her death. As the art world is being turned on its head by how her fantastical, visionary work disrupts art history’s narrative, we see what might be revealed about her legacy--and our own callings and creativity--by looking at her story through a theological lens. On Tuesday March 16, 2021, Stephani Pescitelli spoke to the Arts Lunch about Hilma's work.

Stephani Pescitelli (she or they) is a born, raised, and rooted Midwesterner currently living in South Minneapolis where she is working towards a Master of Divinity and MA in Theology and the Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She is a 2020-21 fellow with ARC--Arts, Religion, and Culture--and her research and art look through and make with a transdisciplinary theopoetic lens at questions, people, communities, art, and beings seemingly occupying the ‘secular’ sphere. She is currently working towards ordination in the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

Dr. Jennifer Awes Freeman

Jennifer Awes Freeman is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Theology and the Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

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