Saturday, February 1, 2003

Saint Peter's Lutheran Church
619 Lexington Avenue
New York City, New York

Much like architecture, gardens are places that shelter ideas. They have the heavens as a ceiling and the gifts of the earth as their walls. But gardens differ from buildings in that they exist outside the realm of necessity. In this sense, they are closer to art than to architecture. They are expressive creations, reflections of man's psyche.

From the great expansive and cerebral parks of Versailles, to the introspective and romantic English landscapes, to the ritualistic rule-laden sites of the East, gardens have a complicated and allegorical relationship with nature. Nature is at once embraced and negated. Yet for centuries, we have been able to resolve this contradiction into a great wealth of artistic and iconographic expression.

In spite of their great range of styles and meanings, gardens exist only by virtue of the maintenance of their order. Without the rituals and compassion of care, they are inevitably reclaimed by nature. This seminar is concerned with these rituals of cultivation, and seeks to account for our compulsion to structure our landscapes.

Anik Pearson, Featured Speaker

Symposium Speakers and Schedule

9:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Introduction
Anik Pearson

10:15 "Shaping of Space, Making of Place"
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

11:00 "The Zen Aesthetic in Japanese Garden Design"
Stephen Morrell

11:45 An ARC Discussion
Initiator: Constance Old

12:30 Luncheon

1:30 "The omikuji and the Japanese concept of fate."
Abe Jasinowski

2:15 "The Inward Garden"
Julie Moir Messervy

2:45 Conversation with the Speakers
Initiator: James Malloch Taylor

4:00 Wine and cheese reception

Biographies of Speakers

Members/Fellows $45
Non-Members  $50; Students $15
Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception.
($5.00 extra at the door.)

For registration information,
 please contact Charles Henderson
Tel: 212-870-2544

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More about ARC
including membership information

From time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion and culture.

ARC Fellows


Fall 2002
Drawing on the Human

Spring 2002
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism

Winter 2002
A Theology of Beauty

Fall 2001
Lifting the Veil

May 2001

February 2001
Performance and Symposium

November 2000
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics 
in Music, Text, Dance and Film

May 2000
Alternative Readings: 
Sacred Text Embodied in Visual Art

February 2000
The Meaning of Myth

November 1999
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation of Violence

May, 1999
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying

February, 1999 
The Divine Image
Implications for a changing image of God.

October, 1998 
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe &
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol

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May, 1998 Meeting
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity

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