Seeing the Unseen: The Folk Arts of Houston’s Faith Communities Lecture Series


Curated by Houston Arts Alliance Folklife and Traditional Arts Program, the series is meant to highlight and exploring communities of different faiths and artistic traditions. 

April 6 – Altars and Offerings: The Art of Religious Devotion, Dr. Kay Turner, Brooklyn Arts Council
Kay Turner has studied domestic, festival and memorial altars for many years. Her lecture, with photos, will explore a range of altar traditions highlighting the altar’s history, aesthetics and unique function as a site for communication with the dead and the divine. Turner is the author of Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars. A reception will follow the talk.

April 20 – Putting Beauty to Work: Thinking about the ‘Look’ of Religious Experience, Dr. Anthony Pinn, Rice Univ.

May 18 – Sacred Sounds: Communing with the Divine in Islam, Dr. Ali Asani, Harvard University

June 8 – Houston’s Religious Mosaic: Religion in Immigrant Communities, Dr. Helen Rose Ebaugh, U of H



Houston Arts Alliance Gallery
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019


Admission is free
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