AFTER SPIRITUALISM: Loss and Transcendence in Contemporary Art


“The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.”

George Santayana

Loss and Transcendence in Contemporary Art

February 8–June 7, 2020

The group exhibition After Spiritualism offers an occasion to reflect on personal and shared losses through varied contemporary art practices. The works on view materialize trauma and mourning, at times confronting historical conflicts and seeking to overcome long-standing divisions. The exhibition is inspired by Spiritualism’s aim to connect the living with the dead for comfort, guidance, and enlightenment.

Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

“Masterpiece in a Mill Town”

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[This figure of a Baule “blolo bian” — a male spiritual-spouse — is part of a group exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum from 8 February to 7 June 2020, depicting loss and transcendence in contemporary art.  For further information on the history and social context of this form of Baule art see: ‘Loss and Transcendence in African Art: Toward an Understanding of the “blolo bian” figure in Baule “colonial art.”’ ]


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