The Beauty of Faith: Interpreting Religious Art in a Public Museum

Like a well-mannered dinner guest, a museum curator avoids the public discussion of money and religion. Yet, much of the art in museum collections were shaped by faith and made for a religious purpose. Interpretations that focus solely on stylistic aesthetics leave much about the beauty and purpose of the piece unexplained. In this talk, I shall discuss the challenges of interpreting Christian art to a secular audience in a public museum.


Jonathan Canning, M.Phil., is the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm


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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Catholic Studies



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