by Daniel Siedell
From On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art
Dr. Daniel Siedell responds to James Elkins' book, On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art. He shows how religion and art are separate, but can cross over in many ways.
Daniel Siedell, formerly the Director of Whale & Star, the Miami-based studio of artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, has taught modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Daniel was also Chief Curator of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for eleven years. His art historical research interests are the work of Enrique Martínez Celaya, Abstract Expressionism, and theology and the nature of belief in contemporary art. Siedell's work as an art historian, critic, and curator operates at the intersection of art history, cultural criticism, theology, and philosophy. He is motivated by the conviction that Christian thought and practice, as it is embodied in the seven ecumenical councils, can nourish a deeper and more expansive understanding of contemporary artistic practice. He is a Fellow at the Center for the Theology of Cultural Engagement in Portland, Oregon.