The Masks of Eternity: a montage on the art of idolatry

The Masks of Eternity: a montage on the art of idolatry


Tom Otterness sculptures next to the Memorial Art Gallery 11/19/16 [Photo: David Kramer] see Emotions recollected in tranquility on University Ave

George Payne graduated from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and is an Adjunct Visiting Professor of philosophy at Finger Lakes Community College and Niagara County Community College.

In Burned Over: on the search for some of Rochester’s most sacred Christian sites, George captures some of the Christian history of Rochester from the period of the burned-over district to today.

Here, George extends his exploration of religious meaning and its complexities with:

The Masks of Eternity: a montage on the art of idolatry (including links to related articles and images by George and others)


Dali statue at ABVI

You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
Anne Lamott

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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