The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

For Dante, nature was "the art of God," Thoreau's stated profession was "to always find God in nature," and John Muir declared that "in God's wildness lies the hope of the world—the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness." Even Dorothy Parker's biting wit abandoned her when she deemed flowers "heaven's masterpiece."

From pre-Renaissance to modern times, humanity has turned to nature for comfort and connection. Forested woodlands, churning seas, and barren deserts have all inspired a sense of wonder, appreciation and, at times, an otherworldy unsettled-ness, prompting geologist Michael Welland to posit that nature itself—in desert form—might play some role in the creation of mystics and fanatics. What are the aspects of nature that elicit such sentiments? And how does communing with nature affect our relationship with the world around us, and with one another?

Chiyo Ishikawa, curator of European painting and sculpture at the Seattle Art Museum, Christopher (Toby) McLeod, director of the Sacred Land Film Project, and Sara Patterson, professor of theological studies at Hanover College, consider how and why nature draws us closer to the spiritual realm. Moderated by documentary filmmaker Jody Hassett Sanchez.

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