From his earliest works, French artist Georges Rouault (1871-1958) selected subjects that combined a strong religious conviction together with a concern for suffering humanity.
Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m., Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) Director Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., will give a free public lecture titled "Georges Rouault and the Art of Sacred Engagement."
A reception follows the lecture.
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.
The lecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition "Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre, the complete series of etchings," on display at MOCRA through July 31, 2011. More information about the lecture and the exhibition is available at mocra.slu.edu
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 55 exhibitions.
Fr. Dempsey is also the auth or of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer.