Dali's Sacred Science Exhibit Painting of mythological being

Lecture: Dalí’s Sacred Science

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October 23, 2020 @ 10:30am 11:00am

In conjunction with our special exhibition Dalí’s Sacred Science — Religion and Mysticism, the Museum presents a special lecture by Dr. Davina C. Lopez, professor of religious studies at Eckerd College. As a scholar who frequently works at the intersection of visual arts and religion, Dr. Lopez’s talk will offer unique perspective on some of the key print suites in the special exhibit.

Evolving Beyond Binaries: Dalí’s Mystical Turn 
In this brief presentation, Professor Lopez will discuss some ways in which Dalí’s artistic imagination intersects with religious studies and visual rhetoric. In particular, she will focus on Dalí’s use of sacred symbolism to think with and through seemingly opposite ideas, ways of knowing and modes of existence, thus encouraging a dynamic evolutionary re-evaluation of self-knowledge and bounded cultural life in and through the viewing process.

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Professor Lopez’s research and teaching interests include Pauline studies; the Greek, Jewish, and Roman imperial contexts of the New Testament writings; and art and performance as critical modes of interpreting biblical texts and traditions. She also has interests and training in the interdependence of visual and literary materials, the study of gender and sexuality, theories and methods in the study of religion, and teaching and learning in religious studies. She is the author of Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul’s Mission (2008), as well as several articles, essays, and reviews. A member of the Letters Collegium, Professor Lopez teaches courses in biblical and ancient studies that emphasize the relationship between ancient and modern worlds, methodology in biblical interpretation, and the continuing relevance of the Bible as a significant site for articulations of power relationships and community identity-construction across time and cultures.