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MOCRA presents America's first group exhibition that explores the reality of AIDS within a spiritual framework.

Consecrations - The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS, MOCRA, 1994

Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS

     October 15 - December 18, 1994 
     exhibition extended: January 12 - February 19, 1995

     free public opening reception    Saturday, October 15, 1994   5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  
     featuring dance performances by:
       Danny Clark, former principal dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
       John-Mario Sevilla, Pilobolus Dance Theatre
       Jude Woodcock, Pilobolus Dance Theatre
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The Amici String Quartet
an evening recital

     Tuesday, November 1, 1994    8:00 p.m.
     this program will be held at Historic Samuel Cupples House on the Saint Louis University campus
     free and open to the public
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The Changing Face of AIDS
a lecture by Thomas Sokolowski

     Saturday, November 5, 1994    7:30 p.m.
     free and open to the public
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The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS
a lecture by Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J.

     Sunday, November 13, 1994    4:00 p.m.
     free and open to the public
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Day Without Art
an annual observance of World AIDS Day with members of the St. Louis arts community

     Thursday, December 1, 1994    5:30 p.m.
     free and open to the public
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Solo Violin Recital
performed by Lynn Hague, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

     Sunday, February 5, 1995    5:30 p.m.
     free and open to the public
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Consecrations Revisited 
selections from Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS

December 1 - December 22, 1996
     exhibition extended through February 5, 1997

Day Without Art
     Friday, December 1, 1996   11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Juan Gonzalez - Free Fall, 1993

Juan Gonzalez, Free Fall, 1993.
Mixed media.
Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

Consecrations is a coming together of the art community in response to the AIDS crisis. With boldness and in many modes of expression, these artists courageously confront human suffering and loss, but transcend the pain with faith, hope, love and compassion.

- Terrence Dempsey, S.J., curator

Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS is the first group exhibition that seeks to put AIDS within a spiritual framework. The twenty-eight artists in Consecrations represent the religious, ethnic, cultural, sexual and geographical diversity of this country. Several of the artists are expressing first-hand experience with this deadly disease while others are responding to how AIDS has affected close friends. Media employed include sculpture, painting, print-making, photography, textiles, video and audio, and mixed media.

There are artworks in this exhibition that are very difficult, while other works are serene and peace-filled. In all cases, the art reflects a profound empathy for anyone who has been touched or will be touched by the reality of AIDS. What becomes clear is that AIDS is everyone's concern, and the twenty-eight artists in Consecrations have given us images of suffering, courage, compassion, hope, faith and love.

Artists in the exhibition include:
Seyed Alavi
Gryphon Blackswan
Ross Bleckner
Fabian Bunten
Mark Calderon
Ken Chu

Michael David

René de Guzman
Eleanor Dickinson
Don Eddy
Louise Fishman
Nancy Fried
Max Gimblett
Daniel Goldstein
Juan Gonzalez
Donald Grant
Carolyn Jones
Tobi Kahn
Adrian Kellard
Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Tim Liddy

Whitfield Lovell
Anne Minich
Joseph Raffael
Rod Rhodes
Judy Silver
David Turner
Alec Vargo
This exhibition is made possible in part through private donations and gereous grants from the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission.

An update on Consecrations
Consecrations proved to be MOCRA's most successful exhibition to date, garnering significant press coverage and highly favorable reviews, and most importantly, a strong and appreciate response from audiences.

Reduced traveling versions of the show were shown at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Libarary of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA (October 10, 1995 - January 5, 1996); Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR (January 19 - February 22, 1996); Greenville College in 1996; and Inspirations Gallery, Louisville, KY (February 22 - May 3, 1998). MOCRA director and exhibition curator Terrence Dempsey, S.J., gave lectures at each of these venues, and each venue offered a number of other related workshops and programs.

Daniel Goldstein - Icarian II (Incline), 1993

Daniel Goldstein, Icarian II / Incline, 1993. Leather, sweat, wood, copper, felt, plexiglas. Private collection. 

  Adrian Kellard - Lovers, 1986

Adrian Kellard, Lovers, 1986. Mixed media.
Collection of MOCRA.

  Carolyn Jones - Zoë Lorenz and her daughter, 1994

Carolyn Jones, Zoë Lorenz and Her Daughter, 1994.
Photograph. Collection of MOCRA.

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Consecrations in the media