Thomas Crow

Thomas Crow: No Idols

Copresented by the UCLA Department of Art History

Art historian Thomas Crow’s book No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art turns away from contemporary cultural theories to address a blind spot in today’s art historical inquiry: religion. Considering the work of the artists Colin McCahon, Mark Rothko, Robert Smithson, James Turrell, and Corita Kent, Crow reasserts the metaphysical and considers a theology that eschews idolatry by means of abstraction. Steven Nelson, UCLA art history and African studies professor, joins Crow in conversation. 


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.

Public programs advancing social justice are presented by the Ford Foundation.

Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.