• The pottery of Beatrice Wood

    Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) was a Southern California-based artist and studio potter. As a young woman, she broke with her wealthy San Francisco family to live as a bohemian in Paris, becoming close friends with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and others in the avant-garde Dada movement. 

  • In Simi Valley: ‘A window to the infinite’

    They were linked, bizarrely, by would-be assassins’ bullets that struck them within seven weeks of each other in the spring of 1981.

    They were linked, politically, by their successful (and behind-the-scenes) efforts to help tear down the Berlin Wall and release Eastern Europe from communism.

  • Don Quixote: Love and redemption with the L.A. Ballet

    For the lover of literature, there are moments one never forgets. Even now, I can’t quite believe “they” killed certain protagonists: the grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Anne Frank, Christ.

    There’s another moment, unique unto itself: the deathbed revelation of “Don Quixote.”

  • Where chance meets necessity The boxes of Joseph Cornell

    Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was eccentric and reclusive and went about NYC and environs collecting little bits and pieces of things: shells, old diaries, album covers. He felt there were certain objects that belonged together that had been separated, possibly by decades, and made otherworldly, magical assemblage boxes that purported to reunite them.

  • Pop Artist. Provocateur. Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?

    Chances are you've heard of the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” And you've probably seen the neon-colored canvases of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe's face – even if you don't know the artist behind them.

  • A new look into the Vatican's stunning museums

    Those who haven't made it to the world famous Vatican Museums needn't worry – the Church’s treasures will now come to them through a new DVD series aimed at sharing the small country’s rich patrimony with the world.

  • Postwar shadows: Japanese photographer Isiuchi Miyako

    Aug. 6 of this year marked the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. on Japan, at Hiroshima. Nagasaki followed on Aug. 9.

  • Posada’s calaveras

    José Guadalupe Posada was born Feb. 2, 1852, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to illiterate parents of indigenous descent.

  • Lalo Garcia: An artist pays homage to a saint

    Lalo Garcia’s voice was reflective: “I first learned of Blessed Junípero Serra through history books about his building the California missions.” Having spent the first 13 years of his life in Mexico, young Lalo was familiar with stories of missionary priests.



  • The rise of millennial Catholic artists – and here's a chat with one of them

    Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.

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A Memorial Day reflection from America’s late peace-priest

Tony Magliano

The best way to remember those who have been killed in battle is to work for the day when others will no longer be sent to take their place.


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