Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Through the Sculptor’s Eyes

A presentation by Etsuro SOTOO, Sculptor at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

With an introduction by Michelangelo SABATINO, Assistant Professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center-Houston, in collaboration with the University of St. Thomas & the Office of Hispanic Ministry

The discussion will be preceded by a piano concert by Hisako HISEKI.

PRELUDE: Performance by award-winning pianist Hisako Hiseki.

CONFERENCE: For over 30 years, the Japanese-born sculptor, Etsuro Sotoo, has been working another man’s masterpiece: Antoni Gaudí’s Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. Sotoo's life, no less than his art, has been transformed through his encounter with Gaudí, and this encounter is what mediated Sotoo's conversion to Catholicism.

Etsuro Sotoo defies the spirit of the age. His art is an act of obedience as much as an embodiment of his personal vision: obedience to Gaudí’s vision, and more deeply, obedience to his own originating experience of beauty, which points to the mystery of God.

Prior to Sotoo's lecture, Michelangelo Sabatino, Ph.D. will briefly discuss the history of the Sagrada Familia.

RECEPTION: Refreshments provided after the lecture.

The event is free and open to the public.

About this Event

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Time: 6:30pm
Location: University of St. Thomas: Cullen Hall
3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

About the Speakers

Michelangelo Sabatino
Assistant Professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston
Hisako Hiseki
Etsuro Sotoo
Sculptor at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona


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