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Sacred Modern Faith, Activism, and Aesthetics in the Menil Collection

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ISBN-10: 0292737580

ISBN-13: 9780292737587

Edition: 2010

Authors: Pamela G. Smart

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Renowned as one of the most significant museums built by private collectors, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, seeks to engage viewers in an acutely aesthetic, rather than pedagogical, experience of works of art. The Menil's emphasis on being moved by art, rather than being taught art history, comes from its founders' conviction that art offers a way to reintegrate the sacred and the secular worlds. Inspired by the French Catholic revivalism of the interwar years that recast Catholic tradition as the avant-garde, Dominique and John de Menil shared with other Catholic intellectuals a desire to reorder a world in crisis by imbuing modern cultural forms with religious faith, binding the…    
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

PAMELA G. SMART is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art History at State University of New York at Binghamton. Before coming to Binghamton, she established and directed the visual culture program at the University of Otago, New Zealand.