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Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery

Martin Lam Nguyen C.S.C: Moments

Exhibition ends November 5, 2017


Photo Credit:  Martin Lam Nguyen in his studio, 2013, Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame


Please join us for an artist talk and closing reception for our current exhibition Moments, a solo exhibition by Rev. Martin Lam Nguyen C.S.C. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, from 5-8 p.m. at the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery.

The artist talk will be held in the Art Auditorium of the Haggerty Art Village and begins at 5 p.m. The closing reception follows directly in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at 6 p.m. An artist catalog is being published for the occasion of the exhibition and will be available on the night free of cost. 

The exhibition brings together three multi-year projects: Mountain Waits (1998-1999), Lucie (2001-2005), and Painting of the Social Network (2007-present). Occupying every inch of the Beatrice M. 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 yet individuality, as each picture, like the moments they depict, is unique and personal.

Nguyen, a devoted priest, long-serving educator and accomplished artist, has brought many parts of his life together in the studio. Meditation and prayer join the rhythmic stroke of the pencil in exquisite drawings and like ink and water on paper; juxtaposing lessons from a life marred by war mix with joyful religious service.

"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 Department of Art, Art History and Design as an associate professor, where he continues to teach.

This exhibition and catalog is made possible in part by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

Featured Exhibition Presentations:

Join us! Moments includes:

  • Artist Talk: Friday, November 3, frin 5- 6 p.m. Art History Auditorium
  • Closing Reception: Friday, November 3, 6-8 p.m. Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery & Thompson Loggia

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Directions to the Haggerty Art Gallery:

The University of Dallas is accessible from Loop 12, Hwy. 114 or Hwy. 183.
From Hwy. 114, exit Tom Braniff, turn right on Northgate Drive, then right on Gorman Drive.From Hwy. 183 exit Carl Road, turn right on Northgate, then left on Gorman Drive.The Haggerty Gallery, located in the Haggerty Arts Village, is the copper clad building at the corner of campus roads, Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle. Free visitor parking is available throughout campus, with reserved visitor spaces in front of the Haggerty Art Gallery.


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