Collaborative Partnership of Museums and Houses of Worship Explore Spiritual Pilgrimage in Art

February 8th, 2014  |  Published in Announcements

A partnership that began in 1995 and continues to this day as The Search for the Spiritual through Art will present “Spiritual Pilgrimage in Art,” a five-part series designed to explore how Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Hindu pilgrimage traditions are manifested through artistic expression, beginning Wednesday, February 19, at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Featuring lectures by acclaimed scholars, along with an opportunity to view related collections in both museums and houses of worship, the Spiritual Pilgrimage series includes:
·      February 19, Cincinnati Art Museum, Pilgrimage: Art and the Journeys of the Spirit with James Buchanan.
·      February 26, Skirball Museum Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish Pilgrims? Jewish Shrines? Jewish Saints? with David Gitlitz.
·      March 5, Hindu Temple of Cincinnati, The Search for Spirituality in the Art of Hindu Pilgrimage with Swami Ishatmandanda.
·      March 12, Taft Museum of Art, Art and the Experience of the Medieval Pilgrim with Caroline Hillard.
·      March 19, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Depicting the Hajj in Images and Words with Michael Wolfe.

The series is presented by the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art, the Skirball Museum Cincinnati at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University. The partners offer the series of presentations every two years, drawing upon their own rich collections of art that demonstrates various aspects of spirituality. The common thread throughout all the programs is the intersection of the visual arts with expression of faith.

Tickets are required to attend the programs. The cost of the series is $30 for members of sponsoring partners and seniors; $60 for all others. Students are admitted at no charge with student identification. Tickets for individual lectures are also available at a cost of $10 (members) or $20 (general public). To purchase tickets, call 513.721.ARTS. For more information about the series, visit

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