I'm thrilled to be half of this witchly double-bill with Treadwell's Books' brilliant Christina Oakley Harrington at NYC's renowned META Center. It's a rare occasion that she's over from London, and she's such an incredible speaker that I'd be happy enough being in the audience for this one. Overjoyed that this time around I get to be part of the act. Here's all of the info:
The Night of the Witch with Christina Oakley Harrington & Pam Grossman
Please join us for this double-bill evening of witch-themed lectures at the META Center:
Witch Pictures – Pam Grossman
The witch burst into Western art in the late 15th century and never left: the likes of Durer, Fuseli, Goya, and Blake used the image of magical women to titillate their patrons or reflect their own anxieties with results both grotesque and beguiling. Then in the 19th century, women took up the brush to create works inspired by personal occult experiences, thus reclaiming the witch. We see a female ‘witchcraft’ in action in Abstraction, Surrealism, and Modernism, making a corner of art history where craft and Craft are one and the same.
British Witchcraft: the Fifties to the Seventies - Christina Oakley Harrington
British Witchraft revived in the 1950s and 1960s. To the horror and fascination of the English press and public, some of these witches gave interviews and even allowed secret rites to be photographed. They wanted the world to know a non-Christian basis of ethics, a radical concept of the sacred, and the power of altered states of consciousness. Both tradition-based and forward-thinking, they were paradoxical. Tonight’s speaker comes from the UK Wiccan community, and brings these characters to life and shares insights into their vision of the Craft.
(The event will be followed by an informal social at a nearby restaurant, OCabonon: all are invited.)
Tickets available here. Please join us!