Art and the Occult: From Symbolism to Abstraction and Surrealism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Art and the Occult

Spring 2023

Taught By: Iliana Cepero

Section: A

CRN: 11628

Credits: 4

For generations, artists have been deeply interested in mysticism and esoteric beliefs. This course will offer a perspective on art that was shaped by these systems of belief, from the symbolic and mythical images of the Symbolists, to the abstractions of Hilma af Klint and Kazimir Malevich, the figurative paintings of Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, and the works of Joseph Beuys and Jackson Pollock. We will study theosophy, kabbalah, alchemy, sacred geometry, freemasonry, spiritualism, astrology, and numerology in connection to science and cultural contexts in Europe, the United States, and Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:00pm 7/7/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023