Dorothy Day Art Exhibition Opening !
The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture and the Dorothy Day Guild are the proud co-sponsors of a special exhibition, A New World: Contemporary Art Exploring Dorothy Day’s Vision of Social Justice. Conceived and curated by sculptor and painter, Anthony Santella (in his “spare” time he also administers the Guild’s social media), the exhibition will open on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in the Sheen Center’s Gallery, 18 Bleecker St., in New York City. One and all are warmly invited to the opening reception, 5 to 7 pm, December 16. The exhibition will run through January 13, 2018.
A New World juxtaposes excerpts from Dorothy’s writings with artwork addressing the ideals she devoted her life to: social justice, voluntary poverty, resistance to racial prejudice, nonviolence, Christian anarchism, and agrarian utopianism. The work encompasses photography, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The roster of artists includes some whose work appears in the Catholic Worker newspaper as well as homeless artists from Bolivia and New York City. Some work is overtly political; much addresses the show’s themes more obliquely. Yet each artist is driven to communicate a message of hope and warning as urgent in its own way as Day’s.
A centerpiece of the exhibit is a wooden shrine, built from driftwood collected on the beach of Staten Island, NYC, where Day had a cabin, demolished in 2000. Artists and the public at large are invited to contribute small artifacts to the shrine, ex voto offerings that speak to their understanding of Day’s legacy of faith and activism.
Day’s synthesis of deep, dogmatically orthodox faith and radical social action challenges our culture’s prevalent, and increasingly problematic, liberal/conservative dichotomy. The varied work on display should provide all viewers with some opportunity for reflection.
Cause Moves Forward with Eyewitnesses
The Dorothy Day Guild is grateful to all who have submitted names of eyewitnesses — people they believe had a firsthand experience of Dorothy Day. The goal is to construct as closely as possible, given the passage of time, a 360 degree view of Day’s life. Of the 256 names received, 52 have been selected for interviews. These will be conducted and transcribed as part of the Archdiocesan Inquiry begun in 2016.
Dorothy Day Mass at the Cathedral
New York City’s newly renovated St. Patrick’s Cathedral welcomes all to the celebration of a monthly Mass for Dorothy Day in Our Lady’s Chapel. Second Saturday of every month, 9 am; 5th Avenue (50 – 51 Streets).
Conference on Dorothy Day and the Church
The University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosted a conference, Dorothy Day and the Church: Past, Present, and Future, May 13 – 15, 2015 that explored Dorothy Day’s life, legacy, and contemporary significance for the Church. Guild members Robert Ellsberg and Martha Hennessy were among the many presenters. To learn more, see: Conference Recalls Day as Model for Catholic Action.
A Saint For Our Time
St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, held a conference on March 7 – 8, 2014, titled Dorothy Day: A Saint For Our Time. Through major addresses, formal papers, and “round table discussions,” the conference explored those aspects of her life that have brought her to the threshold of sainthood. Guild Executive Committee member Geoffrey B. Gneuhs provided us with a report from the conference.