Language of the Birds: Occult and Art – Jan 12 – Feb 13 – NYC

January 11th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

If you’re a magical art lover who happens to be in New York City sometime between January 12th and February 13th, you might want to check out Language of the Birds: Occult and Art.

Curated by Pam Grossman at the 80WSE Gallery, New York University, this is sure to be a fabulous show for both art and occult aficionados alike.

It features over 60 modern and contemporary artists who have let their magical practice lead them on their artistic journey. From Aleister Crowley’s Tarot paintings and Austin Osman Spare’s automatic drawings of the 1920s, to Leonora Carrington and Kurt Seligmann’s surrealist explorations, to Kenneth Anger and Ira Cohen’s ritualistic film and photography, to the work of contemporary visionaries like Francesco Clemente, Kiki Smith, Paul Laffoley, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, and Carol Bove.

It’s sure to be a very interesting experience. If you’re in the area, go see it!

For more information, including special events being held throughout the month, visit the Language Of The Birds website →

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The Occult Humanities Conference – Oct 18-20, NYC

September 30th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

This looks interesting … The Occult Humanities Conference: Contemporary Art and Scholarship on the Esoteric Traditions – October 18-20th, NYC.

Organized by Pam Grossman and Jesse Bransford, this weekend-long conference at New York University, features a wide selection of speakers and topics all focusing on the occult tradition as seen through contemporary research, scholarship and artistic practice.

There’ll be lectures, artist talks, and group discussions, as well as art displays, and the haunting music of The Parlour Trick.

Visit the conference website for full details.

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Pam Grossman on Art and Magic

March 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

As I’ve mentioned before, I really like Pam Grossman’s, a blog dedicated to ‘art and culture with an esoteric or fantastical bent‘.

As part of the Midnight Archive series by Ronni Thomas, Grossman talks in the video below about art and magic and how they meet.

Take a look …

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Modern Art and the Occult

November 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

As Mary K. Greer has shown in her research on Cartomancers in Western Art, artists have long been inspired by the process of divination. And not just divination, general themes of the occult have infused artistic expression throughout the ages.

Pam Grossman, curator and creator of the wonderful mystic art blog Phantasmaphile, will look at the subject of artists and the occult in an illustrated lecture this coming Friday, November 18th. Her talk is called The Occult in Modern Art 101.

If you happen to be in Brooklyn, New York that night, you might want to check it out. She’ll be specifically looking at the influence of alchemy, Spiritualism, Theosophy, and shamanism in modern western art.

Different periods will be covered, including works from the Symbolists, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and today’s visionary art.

As she explains it, the lecture is meant to be a ‘visual primer on the existence of magic in our museums and galleries.’

It’s sounds fascinating.

The Occult in Modern Art 101 is part of an ongoing series of lectures and events at Observatory, an art and event space in the Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn.

Take a look at their schedule. They’ve got everything from Tarot classes to instruction on the art and ritual of animal mummification.

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