Saint Louis University

Art and the Religious Imagination
held in conjunction with the exhibition Good Friday

Sunday, March 29, 2009  1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Xavier Hall Theatre, Saint Louis University
(3733 West Pine Mall, right across from MOCRA on the SLU campus)
     click here for a map and directions to special conference parking

MOCRA assembles a panel of distinguished museum directors and theologians to discuss the roles that secular and religious art museums can play in the presentation of art with spiritual and religious content. Panelists will also explore how spiritual and religious art has the potential to invite viewers into a deeper interior journey.

Pamela Ambrose
Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago
"The Spiritual in Art and the Public Response"
Gerald D. Bolas
former Director
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
"Sacred Objects in the Secular Art Museum"
Charles Bouchard, O.P.
Vice President for Theological Education
Ascension Health, St. Louis
"Suffering and the Presence of God in Good Friday"
Kevin Burke, S.J.
Acting President
Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA
"Recapitulation: Georges Rouault's Miserere et Guerre Series and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius"

The panel will be introduced and moderated by MOCRA's Director, Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., who will also speak on "The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art: Reflecting on Fifteen Years of the Pursuit of the Spirit. "A panel discussion and time for audience questions will follow the individual presentations. A brief reception will follow at MOCRA.

More information

  • The conference is free and open to the public.
  • Xavier Hall Theatre is located in Xavier Hall, just across West Pine Mall from MOCRA. Please follow the special conference directions for arriving and parking at MOCRA, then look for the signs guiding you to Xavier Hall.
  • For additional information, please contact MOCRA.
  • To learn more about the exhibition Good Friday, click here.