Pilgrimage is often defined as a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion. But pilgrimage can refer to any long journey, especially one undertaken with a serious intention. Our intention in this exploration seminar will be to experience and study the art and artifacts of medieval pilgrimage so as to strengthen our own creative responses to the experience of being on a journey, travelers in a distant land.
Although Europe is rich in medieval pilgrimage sites, our seminar will focus on London, whose medieval pilgrimage sites are particularly fine examples of nationalism and economics—forces that shaped medieval pilgrimage as potently as faith. London features major museum collections of the art and artifacts of medieval pilgrimage—maps manuscripts, textiles and handmade books. We will also consider the museum as pilgrimage site. To bring our exploration full circle, we will visit contemporary artists in their studios.
The London and the Arts of Pilgrimage seminar will include:
• Orientation to this international city on Hop-on Hop-off buses and a sky ride on the London Eye.
• Road trips to Canterbury Cathedral, Oxford, and Stonehenge for an insider sunset visit
• One of a kind behind-the-scenes experiences in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Library
• Private tours of Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Temple Church
• A weekend of celebration at the Afro-Caribbean Notting Hill Carnival–the largest street festival in Europe.
• Optional trips to Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum, Tate Museums, Globe Theater, National Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Big Ben, Thames cruise to Greenwich,, Hampton Court, and Windsor Palace to name a few.
• Time to visit street markets, theater and musical events, gardens, parks, and find your own places of pilgrimage in the city
Program Directors: Lou Cabeen, Associate Professor, Art & Judith Clark, Director Academic Advising, Art
Dates: July 25 – August 18, 2010 Credits: 5 in Art 360 or Art 497 (VLPA) Fee: $ 3275.00
Questions: Prof Lou Cabeen firstname.lastname@example.org or Judi Clark email@example.com or room 104 Art.