GENEVA, N.Y — Artist Lesley Dill will address “A Word Made Flesh,” on Oct. 26 as The Fisher Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges contines its examination of Gender, Religion and Politics.
She will speak at 7:30 p.m. that day in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library; her talk is free and open to the public.
Dill explained that religion and spirituality leads her to explore religion and faith's compelling nature and embodiments in our hearts and minds, our bodies and words.
In her photography, printmaking, sculpture and performance, Dill brings her visual work into conversation with literary figures — including Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda and Franz Kafka — to illuminate the relation of words and flesh as indeterminate, as a “moving harmony of effect.”
Her work has been called a “meeting of art and poetry – rich in texture and temporal associations,” a meeting where we re-encounter gender, language, corporeality, image and spirituality. Beginning with a short performance piece, she will then turn to two of her community projects, Tongues on Fire: Visions and Ecstasy (in collaboration with Emmanuel Baptist Church Spiritual Choir) and Interviews with a Contemplative Mind.
Her work has been exhibited at the George Adams Gallery, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Dill will also talke part in a roundtable discussion the next morning. She will be the final lecturer for the Fisher Center this fall.
The spring line-up will include Christian feminist theologian and peace activist Sharon Welch, Jewish reproductive ethicist Laurie Zoloth, and political scientist Clyde Wilcox. Organizers hope also to reschedule Professor Mark Jurgensmeyer, who had to cancel his fall appearance due to health concerns.
Lesley Adams is overseeing the Center this year while Betty Bayer is on sabbatical.