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Engaging Lived Religion in the 21st Century Museum

Engaging Lived Religion—a three-year project (2021–23) funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative—expands the Fowler’s ongoing study of religious and spiritual traditions in Los Angeles and around the world. This program furthers the Fowler’s decades-long, multidisciplinary exploration of the artistic dimensions of religion and spirituality, as well as the lived experiences of belief, while addressing the need to increase community participation in the museum’s exhibitions, public programs, and digital initiatives.

Lilly Project Team: 

Amy Landau, Co-director of Engaging Lived Religion and director of education and interpretation
Patrick A. Polk, Co-director of Engaging Lived Religions and senior curator of Latin American and Caribbean popular arts
Francesca Albrezzi, director of Vital Matters digital development
Leigh Carter, program coordinator and educator
Johnathan Glover, head of digital learning and innovation
Hannah M. Yoo, curator of public programs
Syona Puliady, curator of textiles of the Eastern Hemisphere
Gene McHugh, head of digital media


Working with advisors and curators from represented communities, the Lilly project team launched a series of temporary exhibitions that highlight religious diversity in Southern California: Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings; The House was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Africa and Beyond; I Wish you Were Here: Contemporary Sikh Art

We also collaboratively reimagined elements of the permanent collection exhibition, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, in conversation with local and international advisors.

Visit some of these exhibitions virtually below.


Digital Initiatives

Vital Matters

Visual and Sonic Landscapes

Public Programs

In association with the digital initiative “Vital Matters / Art, Devotion, Practice” the Fowler Museum hosts a series of public programs. Check out our video archive below to watch the recordings.

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