Materiality and Spectacle

This panel discussion analyzes and discusses objects that impel ritual practice and liminal experience, exploring such questions as: How is matter important? How is the "otherness"—the peculiar properties—of specific matters absorbed into human imagination? How do objects, or their use, contain and convey sacred meanings? How do objects convey highly abstract notions or even inspire altered states of consciousness?

Ronne Hartfield, the Art Institute of Chicago, chairs the panel which includes Anthony C. Yu, the Divinity School at the University of Chicago; Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Georgetown University; and Youssouf Tata Cissé, the Sorbonne and Laboratory ERASEME, Paris.

This event was part of the 2001 CSWR colloquium series "Stewards of the Sacred: Sacred Artifacts, Religious Culture, and the Museum as Social Institution."