TRACING THE GARDEN
Saturday, February 1, 2003
Saint Peter's Lutheran Church
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
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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
10:15 "Shaping of Space, Making of Place"
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
11:00 "The Zen Aesthetic in Japanese Garden
11:45 An ARC Discussion
Initiator: Constance Old
1:30 "The omikuji and the Japanese concept
2:15 "The Inward Garden"
Julie Moir Messervy
2:45 Conversation with the Speakers
Initiator: James Malloch Taylor
4:00 Wine and cheese reception
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
To discuss this or other ARC programs, please
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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.
Drawing on the Human
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism
A Theology of
Lifting the Veil
Performance and Symposium
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics
in Music, Text, Dance and Film
Sacred Text Embodied in Visual Art
The Meaning of Myth
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying
The Divine Image
Implications for a changing image of God.
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol
May, 1998 Meeting
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity
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Charles Henderson, Executive Director