Dario Robleto

Krista Tippett “On Being” Live – A Conversation with Dario Robleto

Krista Tippett discusses the intersection of art and spirituality with sculptor Dario Robleto in this second of two live interviews taped for later broadcast on her public radio show On Being.

Robleto is a Houston-based crafter of extraordinary objects, transforming artifacts from our collective past into contemporary relics. These sculptures, such as his work currently on view in the MIA’s exhibition Sacred, are meditations on love, death, spirituality, and healing. That sculpture, “Deep Down I Don’t Believe in Hymns” (2001), consists of a military-issue blanket (American/Indian Wars, c. 1862) infested with hand-ground vinyl record dust from Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s “Cortez the Killer,” and Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.” The work exemplifies Robleto’s shamanistic approach to artmaking, in which he connects the past with the present and delves into the complexity of our humanity.

Tippett is the award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author behind On Being, in which she takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? Her books include Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit and Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters and How to Talk about It.

This program is presented in conjunction with Sacred, an exhibition in the Target Wing that probes the nature of the sacred within a secular, multi-faith society. By juxtaposing works of art from multiple times and places, Sacred invites visitors to explore historic expressions of the divine, the spiritual, the essential, the beloved, and to ponder the word’s meaning in their lives.

$10; $5 MIA members, free for members of the Contemporary Arts Affinity Group. For tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online.

Dario Robleto