Modern art can be confusing and intimidating. But art historian, art critic, and curator Daniel Siedell finds much in modern art that deeply resonates with the human experience. Combining his experience in the contemporary art world with a theological perspective that serves to deepen the experience of art, Siedell celebrates the surprising beauty of art that emerges from and embraces pain and suffering, if only we take the time to listen.
About Our Speaker
Daniel A. Siedell explores the aesthetic, epistemological, and ethical implications of artistic practice. Trained as a specialist in modern and contemporary art and theory, he is an independent scholar, lecturer, and consultant. And since 2013, he also serves as Presidential Scholar & Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City. He was previously Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and for over a decade he served as Chief Curator at the Sheldon Museum of Art (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), where he collaborated with numerous artists on exhibition and publishing projects. His books include Weldon Kees and the Arts at Midcentury (University of Nebraska Press, 2003); Martínez Celaya: Early Work (Whale & Star, 2005); God in the Gallery (Baker Academic, 2008); Who’s Afraid of Modern Art? (Cascade, 2015); and more recently Enrique Martínez Celaya: Work and Documents, 1990-2015 (Radius Books, 2016). His most recent project focuses on the role of “faith” in the development of modern painting in the nineteenth century.