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MOCRA in the Media - 1994

 
Georges Rouault: Miserere exhibition logo
MOCRA profiled
MOCRA was featured in the May 15, 1994, edition of The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL). MOCRA Director Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., was interviewed extensively. He stressed that MOCRA aims to "stretch people's understanding of religious expression." Noting the generous availabilty of chairs in the museum, he quipped, "If you're more aware of your back than the artwork, something is wrong. The spiritual is worthwhile. Like friendship, it's worth spending time with."
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Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual: Four Chicago Artists
Artists "have spirituality embedded within their abstract work"
In the June 2, 1994, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reviewer Carol Ferring Shepley discusses the work of Thomas Skomski, Rodney Carswell, Stephen Luecking, and Daniel Smajo-Ramirez.
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Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS
Press coverage of the original installation of Consecrations at MOCRA

Consecrations contributes to the "different kind of energy" in the St. Louis arts scene
The March 1996 issue of ARTnews includes a "City Focus" article highlighting the St. Louis arts scene. In reviewing some of the strongest exhibitions of 1995, critic Debra Parr mentions MOCRA's exhibition Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS.
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A conversation with Consecrations curator in The Critic
The Summer 1995 issue of The Critic: A Journal of American Catholic Culture includes an extensive consideration of Consecrations, including a significant interview with MOCRA Director and Consecrations curator, Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J. Author Victoria Carlson concludes that the exhibition invites vistors to "experience its humanityand beauty in the company of those whose presence in our lives extends from a greater reality of art and spirit."
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Consecrations reviewed in The New Art Examiner
Critic Debra Riley Parr contributed a brief review of Consecrations to the February 1995 issue of The New Art Examiner. She notes that "this gathering of work from 28 artists . . . shifted the discourse surrounding AIDS beyond evocations of difference." Furthermore, ". . . the passion of Consecrations marked the will to turn AIDS into a sign of the human condition."
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Consecrations included in survey of AIDS-related exhibitions
The Winter 1995 issue of Art Journal includes a review by art historian and curator Douglas Dreishpoon of several exhibitions that focus on art produced in response to AIDS, titled "Art's Revenge in the Time of AIDS." Writing about Consecrations, Dreishpoon comments that the exhibition "eschewed the activist overtones of most AIDS-associated exhibitions for a more humane perspective." He also compliments the exhibition for incorporating abstract works in a way that "reaffirmed abstraction's ability to function on many expressive levels." The works "seemed at home in [MOCRA's] sacred environment."
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MOCRA hosts Day Without Art, recalls lost members of the St. Louis community
Reporter Melanie Robinson interviewed a number of participants and attendees at the Day Without Art celebration hosted and co-organized by MOCRA. The article appeared in the Friday, December 2, 1994, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. One participant noted,"It's those memories that renew, refresh and help us take one more step one more day. They haven't died in vain."
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Consecrations marks a "triumph of the human spirit"
Art critic Alexandra Bellos reviews Consecrations in the November 16 - 22, 1994, edition of the Riverfront Times. Bellos notes that the exhibition "does not shy away from difficult works of art" in its "broad, thoughtful selection of works." She commends MOCRA for having achieved, in a short time, "a national prominence for the quality of its exhibitions and programs."
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Consecrations is "impressive, moving"
Art critic Debra Riley Parr writes in the October 27, 1994, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the exhibition conveys a "catholic, or universalizing, discourse of pain, suffering, memory, death and the hope of resurrection or at least consecration after death."
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Exhibition previewed as feature event
In the October 12 - 18, 1994, edition of the Riverfront Times, critic Harry Weber drew readers' attention to the upcoming opening of the Consecrations exhibition at MOCRA, including the scheduled dance performances of two members of Pilobolus, John-Mario Sevilla and Jude Woodcock, and of Danny Clark, former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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Press coverage of the touring versions of Consecrations

Consecrations provides Louisville with "a spiritual perspective on AIDS"
The February 25, 1998, edition of the Louisville Eccentric Observer (Louisville, Kentucky) has a review of the touring version of Consecrations shown at Inspirations Gallery in Louisville. Critic Victoria Gritton says that each work of art "stands as a symbol reflecting the artists' empathy and experiences with loss."
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On The Path of AIDS, art is a "spiritual journey . . . indelibly touched with pain and loss"
The January 18, 1996, edition of the Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) previews a touring version of Consecrations titled Seen and Unforeseen: The Path of AIDS, shown at Salem's Bush Barn Art Center. The exhibition was also previewed in the January 17, 1996, edition of The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon).
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Consecrations travels to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA
The October 21, 1995, edition of The Oakland Tribune highlights the touring version of Consecrations at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU)'s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library. Reporter Kimberly Winston writes that, "more than memorializing those who have died, the 15 featured artists . . . reach out to understand a disease that has claimed many thousands of lives and offer healing to those who have been left behind." 
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"The spiritual transcends the political" in Consecrations installation at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA
The touring version of Consecrations at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU)'s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, is featured in the November 18, 1995 edition of the San Jose Mercury News. Reporter Richard Scheinin toured the installation with GTU faculty member and art historian Jane Daggett Dillenberger. Dillenberger notes that "one of the miracles of art is that it can contain such suffering, and yet suggest hope and meaning." 
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