In Dialogue: Art, Power, And Identity

January 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Trustee Room, Mark Building

In Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This seminar will investigate power and identity through the special exhibition Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop. Exploring both sacred and commercial texts, as well as commentary from times of radical institutional change, we will endeavor to reimagine the familiar in language and religion for the intertwined purposes of resistance and delight. For best results, bring a copy of a familiar sacred text, preferably encountered in childhood.

Seminar facilitator Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo is a poet, teacher, and the curator of Interfaith Muse, an events series that explores spiritual questions through civic dialogue and creative arts. She holds a Certificate in Contextual Theology and an MFA in Poetry, and served as an Episcopal school chaplain for nine years. In that role, she created extensive curricula on religion, social justice, and intercultural competency. Her poetry has been published in many literary journals including Fourteen Hills, Anglican Theological Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She facilitates the conversation “In Good Faith” for the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

This series is co-sponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Educators, please enter the promo code EDUCATOR16 with Adult ticket type to receive your discount.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.