Symposium on "The Future of Christian Art"

Oct 20, 2022
Social Sciences, Room 122
1126 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Is there a future for Christian Art? Can beauty save a “modern” world? This symposium features a presentation by Fr. Stephen Fields, SJ (Georgetown) in which he distinguishes between modernity and previous periods of the Western Christian experience and draws upon the work of Hans Urs von Balathasar to argue that Christians must reconceive the meaning of “beauty.” Responses will follow from University of Chicago art historian Karin Krause and Chicago Artist John David Mooney. 

This event is being supported by funds from the Fr. Paul V. Mankowski, S.J. Memorial Fund for Jesuit Scholarship. Fr. Paul, former Jesuit Scholar-in-Residence for the Lumen Christi Institute and trained biblicist, was also a humanist with wide ranging interests in art and literature. You can learn more about the fund and Fr. Paul's life and legacy here.

This event is free and open to the public. This event is cosponsored by the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. This event will be recorded. Contact us with any questions.


Current students and faculty are also invited to a master class with Fr. Fields on Friday, October 21, entitled Clashing over Mysticism: Balthasar and Rahner on Bonaventure. For more information and to register, see the event page.