The Visual Culture of American Religions

November 10, 2000–January 05, 2001

This traveling exhibition, which was organized by David Morgan (Valparaiso University) and Sally Promey (University of Maryland), is a study collection of the history and categories of visual experience and religious practice in North America, from the colonial period to the present.

The objects selected (paintings, sculptures, crafts, and mass-mediated imagery, such as postcards, book illustrations, posters, and advertising) come from a variety of religious traditions, including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Native American. The exhibition, organized as a complement to a book of essays of the same title, addresses topics such as the roles played by images in American religions; the ways in which images operate in daily practices and rituals of belief; and the differing uses of images from one religious tradition to another.