Hilma af Klint: Theosophist

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 vibrant, innovative, and highly metaphysical paintings have firmly entered the public consciousness and are finally taking their place in 20th-century art history. Central to her work and biography was her thirty-year long involvement in the Theosophical Society. Carter addresses how events in the early history of the Society impacted her life story and illuminates the influence of specific Theosophical doctrines behind her most well-known works. The talk ends with a survey of related, contemporary exhibitions and ends with a provocation to the attending members of the Theosophical Society.”

Recorded January 7, 2020 at the Ojai Valley Theosophical Lodge, Krotona Institute of Theosophy, Ojai, California.