The curators of a St. Bonaventure University exhibition featuring never-before-seen works by Thomas Merton and Robert Lax will present a gallery talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus.
The exhibition, “Merton & Lax: Image & Word,” is on display at the Quick Center through Sunday, and was curated by Dr. Anthony Bannon and Paul Spaeth.
The friendship of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax was based on a set of innate sensibilities that flowered in each in somewhat different ways. Though both were drawn to the written word, and both were drawn to a withdrawal from the world at large, each was drawn to photographic and graphic images as a means of expression.
The exhibit consists of a complete display of a publication that Lax edited in New York City between 1956 and 1962 called PAX. Merton was one of the main contributors, along with many other famous writers and graphic artists of the time, including Jack Kerouac. Along with these printed broadsides there is a selection of photography by Merton and Lax. This marks the first time that the work of these two friends has been displayed together and the first time a major selection of Lax photography has been displayed at all.
Bannon has most recently finished his second stint as director of the Burchfield-Penny Art Center in Buffalo (2012-2017), having previously held that position from 1985 to 1996. From 1996 to 2012, Bannon was the longest standing director of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester.
Spaeth is the rare Books and Special Collections Librarian at St. Bonaventure, where he also serves as the curator of the Thomas Merton Archives and the founder/curator of the Robert Lax Archives.
For more information about this and other exhibitions on display at the Quick Center, visit www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter.
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