Trees feature prominently in the origin stories of many world religions. Ancient history recounts how their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and renewal. Today, trees still speak: deep root systems form tangled webs of communication, blunt stumps nod to deforestation, and charred limbs attest to fires started by our own hands. First curated by Bridge Projects, a gallery that catalyzes interdisciplinary explorations of contemporary art, spirituality, and religious traditions, To Bough and to Bend explores these ecological issues through the work of 29 artists who look to religious and historic art practices to guide us back into fellowship with these old friends and the living world we share.
What role should the Weisman Museum of Art play on Pepperdine’s Christian campus? As the Weisman turns 30, this conversation series seeks diverse answers to the question of how the museum can serve the University’s mission, and how the mission can in turn be shaped by art and artists. Thought Partners will feature public discussions with scholars, artists, philanthropists, and curators who work at the intersection of art and religion, bridging these spheres of inquiry in novel ways that can inform the future of the Weisman and its place on Pepperdine’s campus.