Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) will be among several museums and galleries participating as the city of St. Louis plays proud host to this year's SGC International conference.
SGC International is the largest print organization in North America, and its annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking.
Artists from all 50 states, as well as Canada, South and Central America, and Europe will be in attendance at this year's conference, titled "Equilibrium."
According to the conference organizers, "The conference theme 'Equilibrium' addresses printmaking's timeless ability to absorb constant change and to balance complementary forces within the shifting landscape of the field... 'Equilibrium' explores the challenges, fluctuating forces, currents, and (new) waves, as well as the poise, reflection, and continuity of print in the 21st century."
MOCRA will participate during the conference's Saturday events held in the Grand Center Arts District.
Visit MOCRA from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, to see MOCRA's exhibition of French artist Georges Rouault's "Miserere et Guerre" series, then stroll over to the other museums and galleries in Grand Center for an unforgettable concentration of the best in printmaking past, present, and future.
MOCRA periodically offers the rare opportunity to see all 58 works in Rouault's "Miserere" series.
Art critic John Canaday describes Rouault as "one of the great printmakers of the age," and the "Miserere" prints as "landmarks in the development of print techniques."
Born out of the unprecedented violence of the First World War and Rouault's intense compassion for the marginalized and underprivileged, "Miserere et Guerre" stands as a singular achievement in the realms of printmaking and religious art. The works speak as forcefully and poignantly today as when they were first printed over 80 years ago, and can be appreciated for their technical achievement, stark beauty, human insight, and spiritual integrity.
There are only a few complete sets of "Miserere et Guerre" in American collections, and it is rare to have the opportunity to see the series in its entirety. MOCRA is pleased to invite audiences to experience this major body of work by one of the twentieth century's master artists.
"Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre, the complete series of etchings," is on display at MOCRA through July 31.
More information is available by calling 314-977-7170 or visiting http://www.slu.edu/x37234.xml.