The 2017 International Thomas Merton Society Conference is coming up next week, June 15-18. Because it is being held at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, Robert Lax’s hometown, it will feature a number of presentations on Lax, including my keynote address, “Harpo and the Clown of God: The Seven-Storied Friendship of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax.”
The other keynote speakers will be: M. Shawn Copeland, Luke Timothy Johnson, and Scott Russell Sanders.
The other Lax features will be:
- a general session titled “Robert Lax: In His Own Words.”
- a showing of the Nicolas Humbert/Werner Penzel film “Why Should I Buy a Bed When All That I Want Is Sleep?” featuring a look at Lax in his Patmos home and reading his poetry.
- Lax’s Psalm with spoken word, dance and piano by Christine Bachich and Jacqueline Chew
Click here for registration information and here for a full list of conference presentations.
A couple of months ago, I made a post about the life-size painting of Lax done by Harry Jackson back in 1962 (see the original post). I said in my post that I didn’t know where the painting is now. Well, at this moment, it is in an exhibit of Lax’s writings and photographs at the Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, thanks to the generosity of Lax’s niece Marcia Kelly and her husband Jack. You can read about the exhibit here. Normally, it hangs in the Harry Jackson Institute in Cody, Wyoming. Here’s the title card:
For those of you going to the International Thomas Merton Society conference at St. Bonaventure this June, be sure to stop by the Center for a look. The exhibit just opened this month, so I’m sure it will still be around then. Here are a couple more looks: