She Sees Visions: The Magical Female in Western Art

Leonor Fini “La Passagere” 1964

Date: Sunday, August 3rd
Time: 8pm

Admission: FREE

Address: ***Offsite: At the newly opened Spirit Art Gallery in Lily Dale, NY
Presented by Shannon Taggart, Susan Barnes, &
Phantasmaphile

Artists as varied as Durer, Fuseli, Goya, and Blake utilized the archetype of magical – and often malevolent – women to titillate their patrons or reflect their own anxiety about female bodies and societal roles, often resulting in works that were either grotesque or beguilingly glamorous.

But what happens when mystical women themselves wield the brush?

In the mid-19th century, a family tree of female visionary artists began to take root.  Deeply entrenched in esoteric studies, and often engaging in their own otherworldly practices, these women began creating works that used their metaphysical experiences as inspiration, thus becoming their own muses.  In this richly illustrated presentation, Pam Grossman will explore the spiritual – and spirited – female artists of Abstraction, Surrealism, Modernism, and more, and shine a light into this often overlooked corner of art history.

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.

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