An Interview with Mary Carruthers and Helen C. Evans

St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Sacred Arts Initiative
An Interview with Mary Carruthers and Helen C. Evans

Helen Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and is well known for three famous exhibitions at the museum, one of which was Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition; she is also an expert in Armenian art. Mary Carruthers is Professor Emerita of English at New York University, and a widely recognized authority on medieval literature, rhetoric, and spirituality.

In September 2016, as participants in St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s weekend symposium entitled, “Rethinking Sacred Arts,” both eminent women were interviewed by Richard Schneider, professor in Hermeneutics and Liturgical Art at the Seminary. In this interview, they explore, among other topics: rhetoric and its purpose to instruct, delight, and persuade; imagery and objects in the Byzantine Empire; and the concept of beauty.

The symposium was the first in a series of events planned between Fall 2016 and Spring 2018, all of which are part of the Seminary’s Sacred Arts Initiative (SAI) funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.