Yohana Junker

On Art, Religion, and the Poetics of Resistance

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Colloquium Department of Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion, GTU, Berkeley

Please join us for our February 21 departmental colloquy! PhD candidate Yohana Junker
will present her work, entitled, “Framing Infinity: Notes on James Turrell and the Sacralization of Art in the Land.” This presentation will invite an exploration of Turrell’s Roden Crater and Skyspace and how his artworks in the deserts of the American Southwest and elsewhere are indebted to a Christian imagination and notions of sacred mobility that are particularly rooted in Quakerism. Drawing on the frameworks of art history, Quaker aesthetics, and ritual architecture, Yohana will also demonstrate how Turrell’s works ritualize the landscape, resonating with particular aspects of the Christian tradition of pilgrimages to holy sites. Devin Zuber will respond.