University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery Presents ‘Moments’
Solo Exhibition Inspires Meditation and Prayer
Date Published: Oct. 3, 2017
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly announces the opening of “Moments,” featuring the Vietnamese Catholic priest
Rev. Martin Lam Nguyen, C.S.C., who will transform the gallery into a large retrospective
exhibition ideal for quiet meditation and mindful reflection on the present moment.
An opening reception for “Moments” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, from 6-8
p.m. The exhibition is available for viewing Oct. 5 through Nov. 5. An artist catalog
is being published for the occasion of the exhibition and will be available at the
closing reception on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, from 6-8 p.m.
A devoted priest, long-serving educator and accomplished artist, Nguyen brings the
many parts of his life into focus. Meditation and prayer join the rhythmic stroke
of intricate line work in drawings, like ink and water on paper; lessons from a life
marred by war mixed together with joyful religious service.
"This is a room for meditation, which really resembles life: the connections, the
disconnections, the facts, the fragility of it all, and yet the power of life," said
Nguyen, associate professor at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Art,
Art History and Design.
The exhibition brings together three multi-year projects: “Mountain Waits” (1998-1999),
“Lucie” (2001-2005), and “Painting the Social Network” (2007-present). Occupying every
inch of the Haggerty Gallery, the installation features thousands of cataloged moments,
each carefully painted or drawn, and then presented in a grid-like format. The result
is abounding repetition permeated with individuality, as each picture, like the moments
they depict, is unique and personal. "Many things are sad, but the bottom line is
how life is good," said Nguyen. "Life is very precious.”
In 1979, Nguyen fled Communist Vietnam to become a priest of the Congregation of Holy
Cross a decade later. After entering the priesthood, he joined the University of Notre
Dame Art Department in 1989 as an associate professor, where he continues to teach.
Image Credit: Father Martin Lam Nguyen in his studio, 2013, Photo by Matt Cashore/University
of Notre Dame
Visit the Haggerty Gallery for more information.