MOCRA Programs and Events

Creativity as Ancestral Mind: Living with the Ancestors

Saturday, June 7, 1997    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
reception to follow
free and open to the public

In conjunction with the exhibition Utopia Body Paint, MOCRA is pleased to present an afternoon symposium focusing on the art of the Aborigines of Australia's Central Desert. In the unique setting of the world's first museum of contemporary interfaith art, surrounded by dazzling aboriginal art which presents a 40,000-year-old visual tradition to modern eyes, we will explore the renaissance of traditional Aboriginal culture, its encounter and mastery of Western media, and the deep meaning of the intricate patterns traced in its art.
This symposium is generously supported by the Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.

Symposium Program
Mary Reid Brunstrom: "The Development of Contemporary Art at Utopia"
Director, Austral Gallery - Australian Contemporary Art, St. Louis
Jacqueline Lewis-Harris: "More than Dot Paintings: Sacred Geology"
Assistant Curator for Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Saint Louis Art Museum
Dr. John Nunley: "Ancestors, Art and Regeneration"
Morton D. May Curator of the Arts for Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Saint Louis Art Museum
Dr. Mary Wells Baron: Response
Jungian psychoanalyst, St. Louis
Dr. Diane Martin: Response
clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst;
Abbot, Udumbara Zen Center, Evanston, IL 

More information

  • For more information about the Utopia Body Paint exhibition, click here
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