a Hidden Wholeness - the Zen Photography of Thomas Merton
Organization: Saint Vincent College
Description: The Saint Vincent Gallery and the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery will both open new exhibits from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Both offer free admission for everyone, and beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be offered that evening.
The Saint Vincent Neighborhood Trolley will offer complimentary shuttle service throughout the evening between the two exhibitions, while parking is available in Lot A, adjacent to the Fred M. Rogers Center.
The Saint Vincent Gallery exhibit, “A Hidden Wholeness – the Zen Photography of Thomas Merton,” pairs a selection of black-and-white photographs with excerpts of the writings of the Trappist monk, author and activist. It is aimed at articulating Merton’s reverence for the present moment and his understanding that the mundane and spiritual are inseparably one. This past year marked the 50th anniversary of Merton’s death, yet his insights on the modern era remain as imperative as ever. Photographs by Merton are on loan from the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Saint Vincent Gallery is located on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Its hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m., and Fridays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-805-2107. The Merton exhibit will be on display through March 8.
As a part of the opening reception, Dr. Paul Pearson, director of the Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, Kentucky, will give an overview of Merton’s growing interest in photography in the final decade of his life, exploring in particular Merton’s use of the phrase “Zen photography” and its relationship to his vision of the world. Pearson’s presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Fred M. Rogers Center, and all are welcome.
Location: Saint Vincent Gallery/Fred Rogers Center, Latrobe
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Phone: (724) 805-2188
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