Ingenious spiritualist photographer and dear pal, Shannon Taggart, has curated an incredible Spirit Art Symposium happening this summer in Lily Dale, NY - an entire, legendary town dedicated to mediumship of all stripes. I'm thrilled to be giving a talk there on Sunday, August 3rd at 8pm entitled "She Sees Visions: The Magical Female in Western Art." Full information is below, and I've also included more detailed information on Shannon's spirit photography workshop which will be next week, as well as my own. Please note that occult compadre Jesse Bransford will be giving a presentation about his esoteric artwork the day before me, on Saturday August 2nd at 3:30pm. Talks are free, with the exception of Shannon's workshop, as noted. Hope to see you there!
Spirit Art Symposium: A Series of Free Lectures in Lily Dale, New York
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Date: Saturday & Sundays, June 28 – September 1, 2014
Join us in Lily Dale, NY this summer for a series of illustrated presentations that seek to spark conversations about a variety of inspired art.
Saturday, July 26, 3:30 pm: Leonard George – Autumn of the Oracles: Visions from Spirit in Late Antiquity
Saturday, August 2, 3:30 pm: Jesse Bransford - Planets, Magic and Spirits in “The 4th Pyramid”
Sunday, August 3, 8:00 pm: Pam Grossman - She Sees Visions: The Magical Female in Western Art
Saturday, August 9, 3:30 pm: Anne Bridge Davies – Invisible Presence – Five Classifications of Spiritualist-Art: America and Europe 1853 to Now
Saturday, August 16, 3:30 pm: Erika Larsen– Language of the Land: The Bonds of Humans and Animals in Indigenous and Modern Culture
Sunday, August 17, 8:00 pm: Ileana Selejan – Passers-by Look Above: Spirit Architecture from Romania, 1888-1896
Saturday, August 30, 3:30 pm: Deb Statton – Animals and Spirit Art
Spirit Photography Then and Now: An Illustrated Presentation and Workshop in Lily Dale with Photographer Shannon Taggart
*** Offsite: in Lily Dale, NY
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Presented by Shannon Taggart
Spiritualism and photography both emerged in the mid 19th-century and have been inextricably linked ever since. This workshop will be a visual exploration of the history of spirit photography. Topics of discussion will include photographic attempts to prove mesmerism, the subject of ectoplasm, and the history of instrumental transcommunication. We will also conduct two photography experiments, one with a Kirlian photography device and the other using water and light. Participants will receive copies of these experiments via email. Shannon Taggart’s Spiritualism images will also be shared throughout the presentation. Please feel free to bring your own anomalous photos for discussion
Shannon Taggart is a photographer based in Brooklyn and a member of Observatory. Her images have been featured internationally including the publications the New York Times Magazine, TIME and Newsweek. Her photographs have been shown at Photoworks in Brighton, England, The Photographic Resource Center in Boston, Redux Pictures in New York, the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles and Gildar Gallery in Denver. Since 2001, she has been working on a photography project about Spiritualism, which was first inspired by a reading her cousin received in Lily Dale, NY.
She Sees Visions: The Magical Female in Western Art
Pam Grossman is an independent curator, writer, and teacher of magical practice and history. She is the creator of Phantasmaphile, a blog which specializes in art and culture with an esoteric or fantastical bent, and the Associate Editor of Abraxas International Journal of Esoteric Studies. As co-founder of the Brooklyn arts & lecture space, Observatory, her programming aims to explore mysticism via a scholarly yet accessible approach. She is also the co-organizer of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU. Her group art shows and projects have been featured by such outlets as Artforum, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Boing Boing, Art & Antiques Magazine, CREATIVE TIME, Time Out New York, Juxtapoz, Arthur, 20×200, UrbanOutfitters.com, and Neil Gaiman’s Twitter.
Pam’s writing has appeared in numerous mediums, including The Huffington Post, MSN.com, the Etsy blog, Sciences Occultes magazine, and various Fulgur press publications. She is a frequent lecturer on such topics as “The Occult in Modern Art 101,” and teacher of classes on spellcraft, herbalism, and ritual. As a featured guest on The Midnight Archive web series, Expanding Mind, Occult Science Radio, and myriad other radio shows and podcasts, she has discussed the role of magic in contemporary life.
By day, she is Getty Images’ Director of Visual Trends.