United Theological Seminary

Arts Lunch: Séances, Spirits, and Snails: Uncovering the spiritual story behind the visionary world of Hilma af Klint with Stephani Pescitelli

March 16, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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 will see what might be revealed about her legacy–and our own callings and creativity–by looking at her story through a theological lens.

In this session, we will be playing some creative practices; bring paints–or any drawing/coloring medium–and paper!

*Portrait by Hilma af Klint, around 1900, via The Guggenheim Museum, New York (left); with Adulthood by Hilma af Klint, 1907, via Coeur & Art (right)