Sunday, June 3, 2012

Barclay Street Art

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I went to a Jesuit high school. They were (and, I suppose, are) considered the top of the line for Catholic boys' secondary education. The Jesuits were no dogma sheep and many of my teachers were quite provocative. My freshman Latin and theology teacher, Fr. Fahey, would sometimes mention Barclay Street art, referring to a street in lower Manhattan where there were many Catholic religious shops. The good father (who notoriously made us recite Latin noun declensions against a stopwatch - I can still rattle them off) maintained that the images on sale down there were crude, manipulative and anything but expressions of serious faith.

This seems to be a latter-day example. I hope I do not offend anyone by posting this but it illustrates the range of bizarre stuff on offer at the Gypsy Caravan flea market. I'm not the person who put it on the sale table. Neither am I the one who put the golden dolphin behind it.

BTW, Mrs. C and I spent a pleasant afternoon yesterday at the St. Louis Renaissance Faire. Tons of good pix. Here's a teaser. More later in the week.

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11 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I think I wold prefer my religious art without any blood depicted.

Birdman said...

... the Jesuit link--- I had Fr. Francis X. Curley, the mayor of Boston's son, for Senior English. Ever read The Last Hurrah? ONE strange dude. Came to class each day in his cape w/ red velvet lining. We called him Drac... the resemblance to Dracula was quite real.

Paul in Powell River said...

Ah yes, it's tough to take the Latin out of a good catholic boy of our generation. I can still do most of the Mass ...

cieldequimper said...

Lemons are fun.

As for the first one, I was going to say something like OMG...

Virginia said...

I you get any flack, send them over to my Paris blog this week. I have something along those lines!

And as for the last one, I can't help myself here: Here's hoping life doesn't give you more lemons than you can juggle!
V

Cheese Cake On A Stick Lady said...

Greeting!

I was working at the St. Louis Ren Faire. I know you took a great many pictures. I was working at a cheese cake on a stick cart. I was wearing a pink top and carrying a black fan. I tried to use the email link but it said "Could not perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed." Anyways, lol I really enjoyed the picture and was wondering if you could put it up :)

Thanks!

Bob Crowe said...

Hi, cheesecake lady. I'm puzzled about your problem. I wonder if somehow your computer doesn't have a default email program established. Anyway, I'm still not quite finished editing the pix I took at Gypsy Caravan the previous week and I got a ton of good stuff at the Renaissance Faire. Can't say when any particular one will get edited. If you see this, email me at robertacrowe - at sign - gmail dot com and I'll know where to send it to you.

Paula said...

Jesus and Elvis, for some people they're interchangeable.

Gunn said...

I guess I will keep my comment for my self, in Norwegian, after looking at the Jesus photo.
Seriously, I can`t belive that anyone want to have a thing like that!

The second picture looks fun.
I look forward to see more.

Gunn
stavangerdailyphoto.com

PerthDailyPhoto said...

There's no accounting for taste Bob, betcha someone buys it to take home!! Looking forward to seeing the cheesecake lady!!

JM said...

Blood, pain, fear... all of this is so Catholic. Well, anyway, contrasting combination of shots on the same post! :-)))

P.S. It's a tip jar the beggar/musician's dog is holding in its mouth.