A Conversation with Ralph White Co-founder and current Creative Director of the New York Open Center. June 30, 2011.
Back on November 6, 2008 Ralph White and I had our first conversation on “Graffiti”. Two months before that he’d opened the conference entitled: An Esoteric Quest for the Mysteries and Philosophy of Antiquity: Spiritual Experience, Wisdom and Art in Ancient Greece on the island of Samothrace in the northern Aegean Sea. And two days before we got together in the studio President Obama was elected.
The conference had been a huge success; the election results had us both a bit giddy.
The future on that day held the feeling of great things coming including a move by the New York Open Center from its quant but cramped quarters on Spring Street in Soho to its new address at 22 East 30th Street and another conference: An Esoteric Quest for Inner America planned for August 2009.
This year was to be a trip to Alexandria for An Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind. It was all to have taken place this month from the 12th to the 17th. But something extraordinary happened: The “Arab Spring”, and the conference was pushed back a year.
Tonight I’ll catch up with Ralph White and we’ll find out how the new digs are; if he misses the funkiness of Soho at all; what he thinks about Obama 2½+ years later; and we’ll talk about the Greeks of Alexandria and Sacred Wisdom.