New Presidential Scholar to Speak at IAM Conference
Dr. Daniel A. Siedell To Deliver Final Plenary Lecture on Saturday in NYC
NEW YORK -- October 4, 2013 -- Recently announced Presidential Scholar and Art Historian in Residence Daniel A. Siedell will deliver the final plenary lecture at INHABIT: Art in Space & Time, a conference held by International Arts Movement.
The three-day conference, held at Redeemer Presbyterian's Ministry Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, brings artists, cultural critics, and thinkers together from around the world for exhibitions, lectures, panel-discussions, juried art and writing contests. Siedell will deliver the final plenary lecture, titled "Space to Breathe and to Love: A Theological Meditation."
International Arts Movement (IAM) describes itself as "a community of artists and creative catalysts gather to wrestle with the deep question of art, faith, and humanity." IAM presents lectures, performances, exhibitions, screenings, projects, and workshops in their New York City space and desires to inspire the larger creative community to "'rehumanize’ work indicative of the world that ‘ought to be.'"
The King’s College announced Siedell’s new appointment on Thursday.
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IAM founder and artist Makoto Fujimura said, "Daniel Siedell is not only one of the best critics and interpreters of culture today, but one of the leading thinkers toward integration of art, faith and culture. I am delighted to hear of his new appointment at The King's College as it signals King's commitment to arts and culture, and to developing leading thinkers for the 21st Century."
Dr. Harry Bleattler, Media, Culture, and the Arts (MCA) Program Chair; Professor Alissa Wilkinson; and Professor Chris Cragin Day will also be active at the conference.
In a breakout session, Dr. Bleattler will deliver a talk titled "Wealth of the Nations: Thinking Theologically about Museums." In it, he explores how theological and cultural practices can enliven time spent in museums, helping to understand the deep longings of societies and civilizations.
An abridged, staged reading of Chris Cragin Day's musical Son of a Gun, written with Don Chaffer of Waterdeep, will also be performed. Professor Alissa Wilkinson will also contribute to the conference by sitting on a panel about during one of the sessions. She'll be talking about launching and editing The Curator in 2008.
Under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury, who began his tenure August 1, 2013, The King’s College has sought to connect with IAM and other key partners and institutions both in New York City and beyond who can collaborate with its mission.
"It is energizing and gratifying to see President Thornbury's seriousness about the arts. Through its MCA program, the College already recognizes art history as an important cultural good and ascribes great value to providing a robust aesthetic and theological framework for the church to approach art," Siedell said. "It gives me great pleasure to represent King’s at IAM in my new role."
The conference still has registrations for the whole weekend and one-day passes available.
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