For centuries people have portrayed religious experiences through art — written and visual. How has that changed over time, and how has the way people respond to it changed?
Sword & Spoon Documentaries Director Jody Hassett Sanchez posed those questions and many more when moderating a fascinating discussion at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Filmmaker-journalist Hassett Sanchez enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the discussion, which spanned from a 1430 depiction of St. Francis receiving the stigmata, to present day Sabbath services at Burning Man.
“How often does one get the chance to bring Thomas Aquinas, Ingmar Bergman, and Julian Schnabel into the same conversation?” says Hassett Sanchez. “There’s also something truly special about convening at the Getty Museum, with its extraordinary art and location.”
The forum took place as the Getty presents its current exhibit – Things Unseen: Vision, Belief, and Experience in Illuminated Manuscripts. For Sword & Spoon’s Hassett Sanchez, the conversation resonated with her current project.
“The chance to choreograph this conversation about how images – on gallery walls and flickering film screens – can act as visual entry points to mystery and transcendence came at just the right time,” explains Hassett Sanchez. “We’re getting close to a fine cut of More Art Upstairs, Sword & Spoon Production’s first documentary.”
The upcoming film follows several blue chip artists competing at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI, a radically open competition that’s upending our ideas about art, aesthetics, and populism.
“Preparing for this discussion helped me to think about how we can get at some of these notions more fully in the film,” says Hassett Sanchez.
Click here for more on the Getty event, including a video of the entire discussion.