MOCRA Programs and Events

Art21 Screening: The Spiritual Light
at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
with discussion led by MOCRA Director Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013    4:00 p.m.    free and open to the public

N.B. This program is sponsored by and presented at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108    click here for map

MOCRA's neighbor institution, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM), offers an opportunity to view a special screening of "Spirituality," an episode of the popular PBS documentary series Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art21). The episode features interviews by prominent contemporary artists, including Beryl Korot, Ann Hamilton, John Feodorov, Shahzia Sikander, and James Turrell, all exploring themes of faith and religious symbolism in their practice.

MOCRA's Founding Director, Rev. Terrence Dempsey, S.J., will lead a discussion following the screening.

This program is part of the Arts & Faith St. Louis Community Programming Initiative.

Terrence Dempsey, S.J., MOCRA Director
  photo: Jeffrey Vaughn

Fr. Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., is the Founding Director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1991, he received his doctorate in art history and religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley, while studying under the direction of Jane Daggett Dillenberger and the late John Dillenberger of the Graduate Theological Union and Peter Selz of the University of California.

In 1995, Fr. Dempsey was named the first holder of the May O’Rourke Jay Endowed Teaching Chair in Art History and Religion at Saint Louis University, a position he still holds. In 1997, he was awarded the distinguished alumnus of the year award by the Graduate Theological Union, and in 1999, he was named outstanding teacher of the year in the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Louis University. Fr. Dempsey has curated over fifty-five exhibitions. Fr. Dempsey is also the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer.

More information

For additional information about the program, please visit CAM's website.

Click here to visit the Art21 website and preview the episode "Spirituality."

Shahzia Sikander, one of the artists in the Art21 episode, is included in MOCRA's current exhibition, Thresholds: MOCRA at 20.
To learn more about Sikander, click here. To learn more about Thresholds, click here.
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