UCR Professors Help Shed Some Light on All Things Iconic

“Icons in Transformation” series includes lectures, concerts and exhibition that runs through January

A detail from abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska’s work, “Your Face I Am Looking For.”

UCR scholars and musicians are participating in “Icons in Transformation,” a series of lectures, concerts and an exhibition of the work of acclaimed Russian/Swedish abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska presented by All Saints Episcopal Church and the Riverside Art Museum through January.

Sally Ann Ness, professor of anthropology, will discuss “Icons in Performance: Understanding How Iconic Signs Communicate” on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside. The lecture will focus on the way in which icons in general, and religious icons in particular, communicate and produce meaning.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, John Briggs, professor of English, will discuss “Writing an Icon.” Briggs and Kelly Rider, artist in residence at the Riverside Art Museum, will conduct a workshop at the church on the spiritual mystery of icons through poetry and art.

Paulo C. Chagas, professor of music, and lecturer Gary Barnett will perform the world premiere of a composition by Chagas at All Saints on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The composition, “Iconic Polyphony (2015) for Piano and Live Electronic Sounds,” was inspired by the art of Ludmila Pawlowska.

Susan Ossman, professor of anthropology and an artist, will present “Art, Spirit, Presence” on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the church. The interactive presentation is designed to engage the audience with Pawlowska’s work as it explores the interrelationship between art and spirit.

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