Please join us at this special event to consider how images of saints and heros worldwide impact daily existence. Various sessions will be held throughout the day with contributions from artists, healers, and scholars focusing on different topics related to icons and images of saints.
How do images of saints affect the daily lives of people around the world? Join artists, healers, and scholars as they discuss the impact of images and icons on everyday existence of people from Mexico to Senegal, India to the US.
The schedule consists of different sessions as follows:
Morning Session: Moderator - C. Daniel Dawson
9 - 10 a.m. Introduction -- The Aura of Amadou Bamba: A Sufi Saint of Islamic West Africa
10 a.m. - 12:30 Panel #1 Discussion on Aura and Icon: Visual Pieties in Cross-Cultural Perspective; panelists discuss Latino spiritual forms with a focus on our Lady of Guadalupe, the concept of visual piety in Protestant imagery of Jesus and the saints and prophets of other religions, and the powerful impact of images depicting Sathya Sai Baba in India, in Africa, and on the Internet.
12:30 - 2 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Exhibition Walkthrough - the event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal and co-curators Allen and Polly Roberts will conduct a walkthrough at 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session: Moderator - Deborah Mack
2 - 3:15 Baraka and Batin: Sufi Concepts of Power and Presence in Popular and Fine Arts -- a panel of artists and healers participate.
3:30 - 5 p.m. Transcultural Visualities: Saints on the Move - discussion will focus on the confluence of Chinese and Roman Catholic imagery in Afro-Cuban Santeria and the remarkable panoply of Indian deities and saints as depicted in Vodun shrines in Benin and the African Americas.
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2003
Time: 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Enter UCLA from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood. Drive straight ahead to the parking information booth in Lot 4; parking is $7. Convenient Fowler parking is at the northeast or southeast ends of Lot 4.
James S. Coleman African Studies Center
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Yvonne Lenart Public Program Fund,
UCLA Center for the Study of Religion