Art Exhibition: Outsider at the Vatican

Location: Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

“Outsider at the Vatican: Frederick Franck’s Drawings from the Second Vatican Council”
Aug 2–Sept 30, 2015

This exhibit, sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, features works on paper from Pacem in Terris: The Frederick Franck Museum and the Catholic Documentation Center, Radboud University Nijmegen.

A reception and gallery talk will be held at 5 p.m. on September 9, 2015.

Frederick Franck (1909-2006) was born in Holland. Although raised an agnostic, he was profoundly interested in human spirituality, becoming a devotee of Pope John XXIII and a lifelong student of Zen Buddhism. Franck was a prolific writer and artist, publishing more than 30 books of reflections and drawings and creating thousands of original works, some of which are in major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. Deeply moved by news of the Second Vatican Council, Franck decided to return to Europe. He attended all four Council sessions, sketchbook and pen in hand, and produced around 300 drawings, primarily in pen and ink, supplemented by watercolor.