Last year USF gave it a shot when they brought in their very special pagan hermaphrodite god display. At the time I signed up as a "fan" on the galleries facebook page (sadly there was no "disgusted onlooker unable to look away button") so that I would get updates on the exhibits. After that, for the most part forgot about it.
Tonight I thought I'd come up with my subject for a daily post when I saw a little number 1 pop up in my facebook window. I'll admit, when I saw who it was from I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for a "Rome" update. When I clicked on it I saw I had an invitation from someone from the Manressa Gallery (i.e. the thing that they removed the confessionals for). I'd been "invited" to "Meditation and Dharma Talk Series: The Art of Meditation." Here we go again...
The "info" section describes the "exhibit" as a four part series of Zen Buddhist Meditation Sittings (isn't that just the perfect thing to host inside a Catholic Church). It goes on to say:
"The Art of Meditation is a series of meditations and dharma talks that seek to explore the art of meditation and the intersection between art and meditation. Using the exhibition Sacred Synergies: Works by Tobi Kahn as a platform, each meeting will consist of a brief meditation instruction, meditation sitting and a talk followed by open discussion. Meeting will be held in a different alcove of the gallery each week, using Kahn's artwork and the gallery environment as a portal of entry into dharma talks..."
The first meeting, on January 20th, is the introduction, where they will "set the stage" for the following talks and give an overview. The sessions the following three weeks will be taught by three different Zen priests.
You can rip out the confessionals, but you are still inside this building where Mass is celebrated daily:
It's just kind of sad that USF can't put the same energy that they put into these "art shows" towards Catholic spiritual development. Imagine the art show and classes they could put on using artwork depicting the mysteries of the rosary. Of course, that wouldn't be quite as trendy...