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Gallery Talk: Jay Keywood & Susan Griffin Ward

Join photographers Jay Keywood and Susan Griffin Ward on Sunday, January 6th from 4-6 PM, as Jay shares about his work Shining Like the Sun and Susan shares about her project LOOKING FOR THE SUN at Merton’s Corner. Free, all ages, and open to the public.



In 1958, Thomas Merton stood at the corner of 4th and Muhammad Ali (then called Walnut St.) and had a revelatory experience. Now, roughly 60 years later, Jay Keywood has looked at the people walking the streets surrounding this corner and invited us to also look. How will we see these total strangers in all their variety of glory, skepticism, struggle, and sweetness? Can we see the way Merton saw?:

“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts, where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are.  If only we could see each other that way all the time.”


Susan Griffin Ward spent a year looking for the sun, photographing and talking with the people met on the corner of Fourth and Muhammad Ali. Exhibited in Sojourn’s Gallery are some of those photographs and snippets of conversation that she compiled in a book, LOOKING FOR THE SUN at Merton’s Corner.

On view November 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019.