Catholic Artists Society – “Art – for Whose Sake?”

Here’s a message about a meeting tomorrow night in NYC that is being hosted by the Catholic Aritists Society. greg Wolfe is always worth fitting in to your schedule. Wish I could be there.


Dear friends,

Looking forward to seeing you at tomorrow night’s opening of The Art of the Beautiful lecture series, co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute. Gregory Wolfe, author and editor of the literary journal Image, will address the question “Art – For Whose Sake?”

Mr. Wolfe, an advocate for the tradition of Christian Humanism, has been called “one of the most incisive and persuasive voices of our generation”. His books include Beauty Will Save the World, Intruding Upon the Timeless: Meditations on Art, Faith and Mystery; Malcolm Muggeridge: A Biography and Sacred Passions: The Art of William Schickel. He is the founder and director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University.

The evening will begin promptly at 7.30pm. After a Q&A with Mr. Wolfe, there will be a reception with light refreshments, followed by sung Compline in the chapel, led by Father Austin Litke, OP.

The Catholic Center at NYU is located at 238 Thompson Street at Washington Square South. The nearest subway station is W. 4th Street, with A, C, D, E and F trains.

Yours in Christ,

Kevin Collins


81 Pondfield Road, Suite D-213, Bronxville, NY 10708

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  • Dale

    The lecture sounds quite interesting. Unfortunately, I am 1000 miles away, and unable to attend. I hope readers of this blog, who are closer to NYC, might consider attending and giving us a report?

    I was curious enough to do a web search for Gregory Wolfe and the topic he will speak about. I found a Wall Street Journal article which he wrote shortly after the death of the painter Thomas Kinkade. While an extremely popular artist, his works were not well received by art critics. Kinkade defended his work as showing how life might be if the Fall had not taken place.

    Gregory Wolfe had previously questioned whether such a vision was possible, given our fallen state. More importantly, Wolfe wondered if the purpose of art was to not look past our sin-scarred condition, but to find grace and redemption in the mess we find ourselves.

    “But if faith teaches us anything, it should be that our nostalgia is for
    an ideal we can only find after accepting, and passing through, the
    brokenness of a fallen world. Any other approach, in art or in life, is a
    form of denial.”

    Wolfe’s viewpoint is challenging, and raises many questions regarding the purpose of art, whether secular or religious, popular or high-brow, private or public.