October 5 CU at Joslyn
"Spirituality and Art" presented by Richard White
2 - 3 pm

Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with Creighton University presents stimulating lectures by Creighton faculty in Joslyn’s Abbott Lecture Hall on select Sundays at 2:00 pm. CU at Joslyn, offered in collaboration with Creighton’s University College, presents a variety of topics and interdisciplinary perspectives on Joslyn’s collections or exhibitions. CU at Joslyn is free for Museum members and Creighton students and faculty with ID, and $5 for the general public.

CU at Joslyn is supported by the Criss Foundation.

“Spirituality and Art: The Case of Kandinsky" presented by Richard White, Philosophy

What is the relationship between art and spirituality? How does the work of art express spiritual ideas and themes? And would it be useful to think of the artist as a kind of visionary or a spiritual seer? These are some of the guiding questions of this essay and it seems appropriate to begin the discussion with Kandinsky who published his artistic manifesto, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, in 1912. Along with Malevich, Klee and Mondrian, Kandinsky is one of the early pioneers of modern abstract painting; but unlike many of the later abstract expressionists, his paintings have an explicitly spiritual purpose which he sought to describe in numerous essays and other published writings.




Richard White is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) Program at Creighton University. White earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University, England.

Teaching and research areas include philosophy and virtue, philosophy of love and sex, recent continental philosophy, nineteenth-century philosophy, philosophy and literature, Nietzsche, multiculturalism, philosophy and spirituality. Recent publications include The Heart of Wisdom: A Philosophy of Spiritual Life (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, November 2012); Radical Virtues: Moral Wisdom and the Ethics of Contemporary Life (Lanham: MD: Rowman and Littlefield, March 2008); Love's Philosophy (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, September, 2001).

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