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.
“Rather than passively consume the rapid succession of images we are bombarded by every day, Merton’s photography acts as a visual reminder to slow down, linger over and reflect upon the world as it exists around us,” said Andrew Julo, Saint Vincent Gallery curator. “Within the monastic traditions of Saint Vincent, mindfulness and contemplation are methods of formation for all members of our community. This exhibit is an extension of that.”