Visual Culture of American Religions

ISBN-10: 0520225228
ISBN-13: 9780520225220
Edition: 2001
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Description: Contemporary artists have often clashed with conservative American evangelicals in recent years, giving the impression that art and religion are fundamentally at odds. Yet historically, artistic images have played a profound role in American  More...

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 441
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Contemporary artists have often clashed with conservative American evangelicals in recent years, giving the impression that art and religion are fundamentally at odds. Yet historically, artistic images have played a profound role in American religious life. This superb collection of essays, with its unique assembly of images, challenges the apparent tension between religion and the arts by illustrating and investigating their long-standing and intriguing relationship from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The essays explore such varied topics as Sioux Sun Dance artifacts and paintings, American Jewish New Year postcards, the New Mexican santos tradition, roadside shrines, images of journey in African American pictorial traditions, the public display of religion, and the religious use of nineteenth-century technologies of mass reproduction.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Religious Visual Culture and Public Identity
The Public Display of Religion
For Christ and the Republic: Protestant Illustration and the History of Literacy in Nineteenth-Century America
America's Church: Roman Catholicism and Civic Space in the Nation's Capital
Architecture as Community Service: West Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware
Religious Visual Culture and the Construction of Meaning
Catholic Envy: The Visual Culture of Protestant Desire
Robert Gober's "Virgin" Installation: Issues of Spirituality in Contemporary American Art
Visual Religion in Media Culture
From Presentation to Representation in Sioux Sun Dance Painting
William Sidney Mount and the Hermetic Tradition in American Art
Transforming Images: New Mexican Santos between Theory and History
Religious Visual Culture and American Modernity
Visualizing God's Silence: Oracles, the Enlightenment, and Elihu Vedder's Questioner of the Sphinx
Greetings from Faith: Early-Twentieth-Century American Jewish New Year Postcards
"When Jesus Handed Me a Ticket": Images of Railroad Travel and Spiritual Transformations among African Americans, 1865-1917
American Protestant Bible Illustration from Copper Plates to Computers
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Profiles of Archives and Collections
List of Contributors
Index

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