MOCRA Programs and Events

Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J.
"Georges Rouault and the Art of Sacred Engagement"


held in conjunction with the exhibition Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre, the complete series of etchings

Sunday, May 1, 2011    2:00 p.m.    free and open to the public
held at Xavier Hall Theatre, directly across from MOCRA
reception to follow at MOCRA

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The Grand Bridge is closed for reconstruction. This project will affect many of the routes for driving to MOCRA, as well as public transportation options.

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From his earliest works, Georges Rouault selected subjects that combined a strong religious conviction together with a concern for suffering humanity. This lecture will offer an overview of Rouault's work, including his paintings, prints, and stained-glass. It will discuss Rouault as an artist who, from his early work through his mature work, remained concerned about the disadvantaged, the outsiders, and the victims of war, and who linked all of these people to the suffering of Christ. In this way, Rouault’s engagement with the world was not so much political (although one can find political tones in his work) as it was sacred. It involved the totality of who we are—corporeal and spiritual.

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.





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About MOCRA Voices

MOCRA Voices is a series of conversations with thinkers and practitioners at the intersection of contemporary art, religion, and spirituality. Go in-depth with artists, scholars, theologians, religious leaders, and others who are engaged in the ongoing dialogue between visual art and the religious and spiritual dimensions. MOCRA Voices includes both podcasts available for streaming and download, and public lectures delivered at MOCRA. Learn more here.

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For a map and directions to special parking options for the talk, click here.

For more information about the Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre exhibition, click here.
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