1. “In Response—Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group”

    28 Feb 2023
    Tuesday, February 28th, I’ll be speaking at LACMA about the artwork of Emil Bisttram and Dane Rudhyar as part of “In Response—Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group.” I’ll be focusing specifically on illuminating the spiritual practices that influenced their paintings of the Transcendental Painting Group era (1936–1945) and the direct…

  2. Transcendental LA now on YouTube

    13 Dec 2022
    My lecture “Transcendental LA: Agnes Pelton, Dane Rudhyar, and the New Age in Los Angeles” is now available to watch online “Artist Agnes Pelton (1881–1965) and astrologer-musician-artist Dane Rudhyar (1895-1985) are names both obscure and famous. Close friends for over thirty years, Pelton has emerged as a leading figure of…

  3. Transcendental LA: Agnes Pelton, Dane Rudhyar, & the New Age in Los Angeles

    22 Nov 2022
    Please join me Thursday, December 1st 2022 for “Transcendental LA: Agnes Pelton, Dane Rudhyar, and the New Age in Los Angeles” at the Philosophical Research Society I’ll be discussing the uniquely Southern Californian influences on their creative achievements and will reveal specific theosophical doctrines in Pelton’s artwork and Rudhyar’s astrology,…

  4. Speculative Arts Research 4 available now

    02 Dec 2021
    My essay, “Form Following Spirit: An Investigation of Recent and Near-Recent Metaphysical Art,” is included in Speculative Arts Research 4 edited by Alessandro Keegan and Max Razdow “My aim in this essay is to investigate and reflect on the current state of metaphysically influenced visual art. I want to better…

  5. HOLYWOOD” premiere

    05 Nov 2021
    Holywood in-person premiere at the Philosophical Research Society, November 4, 2021. Official Trailer Event details and tickets

  6. HOLYWOOD” streaming premiere

    25 Mar 2021
    It’s a great honor to be included in “Holywood” “Holywood” is an in-depth exploration into one of the most misunderstood yet profound locations in Los Angeles. Located directly underneath the iconic Hollywood sign resides an incredibly dense and eclectic spiritual community mostly overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of the…


    18 Mar 2021
    EMS visited the studio in February 2021 and produced this 17 minute short film. I discuss the origins of my work with the pendulum, Thought-Forms and Theosophy, my performances at the Philosophical Research Society and Nicodim Gallery, and preview new work: Watch “MICHAEL CARTER: THE SPIRITUAL IN ART”

  8. Exhibition: Personal Contacts #5

    16 Dec 2020
    Personal Contacts #5  Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA  September 26—October 17, 2020 Personal Contacts #5  focuses on unseen or missed conversations that have occurred or failed to occur during quarantine. 

  9. Hilma af Klint: Theosophist

    25 Apr 2020
    Video of my lecture, “Hilma af Klint, Theosophist,” is now available. “Artist and educator Michael Carter (MFA, Claremont Graduate University) discusses the work of Swedish painter and occultist, Hilma af Klint, (1862-1944). Subject of many recent museum exhibitions—including most-attended-ever exhibits at the Guggenheim, New York and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm—her…

  10. Exhibition: Pineal Eye Infection

    22 Feb 2020
    Pineal Eye Infection curated by Aaron Moulton February 11 - March 28, 2020 Seasons 676 North Spring Street, 90012 The impulse to transcend… Ever experienced it? Believe it or not it’s quite natural, often painful and most times disappointing. I want to talk about that here today  We are mysteries…