by Laura Hutson
When religion is most illuminating, it ponders big-picture questions about the meaning of life, the nature of evil and the potential for life after death. Art can work in the same way, whether overtly religious or not. Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture, a program in Vanderbilt's divinity school, has put together an exhibition of photography that addresses these questions through the subject of roads — that steadfast metaphor for destiny and decisions.
The show features local and nationally recognized photographers, from Jack Spencer, whose candid photographs of Sudanese refugees led to his founding of the Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville in 2004, to Jon Morgan, a local photographer whose best work recalls the grittiness of Nan Goldin and the casualness of Sally Mann.