Monday, September 28, 2020

Mother of the Midwest

The last of my Hansen lecture series on G.K. Chesterton and Native America entitled Turtle Island Renaissance with a response from Dr. Amy Peeler is viewable here:

Monday, September 21, 2020

Rodeo Restaurans and Fake Faculty

I've long wanted to end a piece with "Carthago delanda est." Thanks to the Institute for Thriving Identities, I found a way to do so. My piece if followed up by contributions from philosopher Bryan McCarthy and business executive Jon Ungerland.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Learning in Plague Time

Here is an orientation video for this upcoming, unusual semester.

Bitcoin Humanism

...or the lack thereof, being the subject of an essay I penned with Jon Ungerland on cryptocurrency and Renaissance art.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Footnotefest 2020

On the academic end of things, two new articles: One in the volume, Mary, the Apostles and the Last Judgment (Trivent, 2020): "Visual Cherubikon: Mary as Priest at Lagoudera in Cyprus." Here's the abstract:

Mary’s priesthood is a prominent theme in Byzantine art, and this paper argues that it abounds at the Virgin of the Vetches church (Panagia tou Arakos) at Lagoudera in Cyprus, especially because of extensive depictions of the apocrypha. Through subtle interpretations of the Protevangelium and Dormition narratives, the twelfth-century artist Theodore Apsevdis highlighted priestly aspects of the beginning, middle and end of Mary’s life, aspects unified through a visualization of the Prayer of the Cherubic Hymn (Cherubikon) which is said by priests to commence the Eucharistic portion of the liturgy.

 And the other, "Turtle Island Renaissance," is in the most recent issue of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. Here's the abstract:

Most North Americans have familiarity with monuments such as Stonehenge or the cave paintings of Lascaux. And yet, it remains normal to encounter Ontarians unaware of the Peterborough petroglyphs or Pennsylvanians oblivious to the evidence of early American inhabitants at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter. To address this dilemma, this paper contests the “whiteness” of art history not by resisting, but by relocating the dominant paradigm of Italian Renaissance art. The pattern of original accomplishment, decline, and rebirth that Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) discerned in Italy is discernible in the native art of this continent as well, especially at the newly designed National Gallery of Canada. There is also a parallel between Vasari’s attempt to harmonize a revived Graeco-Roman culture with Christianity and present attempts to do the same for native culture. Public reception of the work of indigenous painter Norval Morrisseau, however, exemplifies how New Age religion combined with the demands of the art market can disrupt this harmonization and reinvigorate a colonialism that is threatened by indigenous artists who embrace traditional Christian faith.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Busting Heads

I contributed to a conversation at CT's "Quick to Listen" podcast about statue breaking, for which I also produced a handy chart.


Friday, May 08, 2020

Closer to Truth interviews

The good folks at PBS's Closer to Truth interviewed me for reasons that remain unclear, and the clips can be found here. Don't miss the other interviews on the exciting topic of Art Seeking Understanding.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Imitatio Mariae

Although we cannot meet for it, the Feast of the Annunciation has not been cancelled. Here is a piece I wrote on the occasion in The New York Times.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

G.K. Chesterton on Being Quarantined

From his novel Manalive: 
"When you’re really shipwrecked, you do really find what you want. When you’re really on a desert island, you never find it a desert. If we were really besieged in this garden, we’d find a hundred English birds and English berries that we never knew were here. If we were snowed up in this room, we’d be the better for reading scores of books in that bookcase that we don’t even know are there; we’d have talks with each other, good, terrible talks, that we shall go to the grave without guessing; we’d find materials for everything— christening, marriage, or funeral; yes, even for a coronation— if we didn’t decide to be a republic.”
...The good-humoured Rosamund was almost choking with laughter. “All is not gold that glitters,” she said, “and besides—”
“What a mistake that is!” cried Innocent Smith, leaping up in great excitement. “All is gold that glitters.... We can make anything a precious metal, as men could in the morning of the world. They didn’t choose gold because it was rare; your scientists can tell you twenty sorts of slime much rarer. They chose gold because it was bright—because it was a hard thing to find, but pretty when you’ve found it. You can’t fight with golden swords or eat golden biscuits; you can only look at it—and you can look at it out here.”
"....Leave off buying and selling, and start looking! Open your eyes, and you’ll wake up in the New Jerusalem."
Yes, I know there are massive downsides as well, but this offsets them just a bit. Maybe even more than that.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Cost of Chicago

For my second Hansen lecture, an attempt to rewrite the flag of Chicago with indigenous culture at the center, and a response from David J.P. Hooker.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Light & Space Movement Through Time

Video from a talk I gave at Bridge Projects on the Light & Space Movement through time (with stops in Thessaloniki, Paris, Constantinople, Rome and LA), in conversation with the Moscow art historian Alexei Lidov. And if you haven't yet seen the Director of LACMA's talk in the same space, remedy that.


Light in Sacred Space: Light from the Cave from Bridge Projects on Vimeo.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Groundhog Day: Feast of Mary the Priest

Mary the Priest, pagan festivals, evangelical Native American martyrs - something for everyone. Alternate titles: Candlehog; Groundlemas; or, as Alan Jacobs puts it, The Super Feast of the Presentation of the Groundhog.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mary for the Third Millennium

Here is a talk I gave in LA on the Virgin Mary in conjunction with an exhibition entitled Blessed Art Thou. The catalog I wrote for it can be purchased here.
Matthew Milliner Lecture from Fieldstead and Company on Vimeo.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Our Lady of Chicago

I guest taught for Irenaus authority Scott Moringiello and gave a talk to the wonderful people at DePaul University this Tuesday in which I received great feedback from scholars at DePaul's Center for World Catholicism. A new version of it will be presented next year in my third Hansen lecture, entitled "Our Lady of the Midwest."

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Grace for Barbarians

Here's a Catechesis session on Ethelburga of Barking, Edward the Confessor and what it means to be "white" in on our ongoing experiment at All Souls Wheaton.