- MOCRA Programs & Events
- American Arts Experience 2014
- Museum Day Live 2014
- The Economy of Gift
- American Arts Experience 2013
- Art21 at CAM
- Museum Day Live! 2013
- Campos-Pons: Rituals and Spirituality
- Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Patrick Graham
- First Fridays in Grand Center
- Dancing in the Street 2012
- Museum Day Live! 2012
- The Jewish Experience and the Haggadah
- Grand Center Art Walk 2012
- Loyola Chair Lecture 2012
- Loyola Chair Lecture 2011
- American Arts Experience 2011
- Dancing in the Street 2011
- Grand Center Art Walk 2011
- Rouault and the Art of Sacred Engagement
- SGCI Print Conference 2011
- Religious Environment and Contemporary Art
- American Arts Experience 2010
- Dancing in the Street 2010
- Grand Center Art Walk 2010
- The Wounded Body of Christ
- Day With(out) Art 2009
- Michael Byron Discusses Cosmic Tears
- 2009 Dillenberger lecture
- Dancing in the Street 2009
- Art and the Religious Imagination conference
- Wu Hung lecture: Contemporary Chinese Art
- Two Celluloid Bible Film Classics
- Michael Morris lecture & Celluloid Bible opening
- An Oskar Fischinger Tribute
- Day With(out) Art 2006
- Robert Rosenblum lecture: DoDo Jin Ming
- To Make Extraordinary: Sacred Objects
- Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A University Response
- Fred Gray lecture on Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
- Thomas Sokolowski lecture: Andy Warhol's Art as Belief
- Day Without Art 2000
- Dissanayake & Renard
- Bernard Maisner: The Art of the Illuminator
- Renaissance and Modern
- The Role of the Computer in Contemporary Art
- Jennifer Biddle: Body, Country, Canvas
- Creativity as Ancestral Mind
- Steven Heilmer and John Markey dialogue
- Ian Friend lecture: The Edge of Belief
- Peter Selz lecture: Degenerate Art
- Day Without Art 1996
- Violin recital: Lynn Hague
- Day Without Art 1994
- The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS
- Thomas Sokolowski on The Changing Face of AIDS
- Recital: The Amici Quartet
MOCRA Programs and Events
MOCRA presents two lectures in conjunction with the
exhibition Bernard Maisner: Entrance to the Scriptorium
Thursday, April 15, 1999 7:30 p.m.
reception to follow
free and open to the public
"In the Beginning, Art"
An innovative scholar makes a case for an innate human drive to "make special," drawing on evolutionary biology, anthropology and sociology.
Ellen Dissanayake is a scholar, lecturer, and author of three books, What Is Art For?, Homo Aestheticus (with translations into Chinese and Korean), and Art and Intimacy. Combining her interests in the arts and evolutionary biology, and using insights drawn from fifteen years of living and working in nonwestern countries (Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, India, and Nigeria), she has developed a unique perspective that considers art to be a normal, natural, and necessary component of our evolved nature as humans. She has held Distinguished Visiting Professorships at Ball State University in Indiana, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia. Additionally, she has taught at the National Arts School in Papua New Guinea, the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, Sarah Lawrence College, and the New School for Social Research in New York City. She lives in Seattle where she is Affiliate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Washington.
Dr. John Renard
"Words Alight: Islamic Calligraphy and the Art of Bernard Maisner"
A prominent scholar of Islam and Islamic culture brings his expertise to bear on the resonances between Islamic calligraphy and the illuminated manuscripts and paintings of artist Bernard Maisner.
John Renard joined the Saint Louis University Department of Theological Studies in 1978, after completing a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, in Harvard University's department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, focusing on religious literature in Arabic and Persian, and religious art and architecture. His research has centered on Islamic Humanities, with a specialization in the religious histories and literatures of major Middle Eastern cultures such as those of Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He has concentrated particularly on medieval sources in Arabic and Persian related to the history of Sufism, Islamic mystical traditions, Islamic hagiography, and, most recently, comparative study of Islamic and Christian theologies.
Renard has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Religious Traditions of Asia; Islam: Religion and Culture; Islamic Art and Society; the religious arts of Hinduism and Buddhism; Comparative Theology; and Medieval Seminars on various topics within the greater Mediterranean world.
These lectures are made possible by a grant from The Arts and Education Council of Saint Louis.
For more information about Ellen Dissanayake, click here.
For more information about Dr. John Renard, click here.
For more information about Bernard Maisner: Entrance to the Scriptorium, click here.