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'The Hand Acts Out a Joyous Dance': Celebrating the Art of Bernard Maisner

Sunday, 02 April, 2017

Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) invites you to a panel discussion reflecting on the sources, techniques and inspirations of a contemporary master of calligraphy and manuscript illumination.

In addition to a presentation by artist Bernard Maiser, Susan L’Engle of Saint Louis University and Ken Botnick of Washington University will lend their expertise, with MOCRA Director Terrence Dempsey, S.J., moderating the conversation.

The program takes place in Xavier Hall Theatre (3733 West Pine Blvd.) and is free and open to the public. A reception with the speakers will follow next door at MOCRA. Free parking is available in the Canisius Lot located at Lindell Blvd. and Spring Ave.

The program marks the closing day of the MOCRA exhibition Bernard Maisner: The Hourglass and the Spiral, and is a project of MOCRA Voices, a lecture and podcast series made possible with funding from the Regional Arts Commission. Artist Bernard Maisner is regarded internationally as one of the greatest contemporary masters of calligraphy. Maisner first became familiar with illuminated manuscripts during his studies at The Cooper Union in New York. He went on to teach Medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination methods and techniques and was a guest lecturer and researcher at such prominent institutions as the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Cloisters Museum of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Museum in Malibu, California, and the Morgan Library and Museum. His work is represented in some of this country's most prestigious private and public collections, including the Morgan Library and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susan L’Engle is an art historian and manuscript scholar, specializing in the codicology and illumination of medieval manuscripts of canon and Roman law. Based in the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University, she co-edits the journal Manuscripta, plans and organizes the annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, and teaches classes on codicology and manuscript illumination to a variety of student groups.

Ken Botnick teaches at the Sam Fox School of Washington University in St. Louis, where he is also director of the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book. He is a printer/publisher of limited editions, first as co-proprietor of Red Ozier Press in New York, and today under the imprint emdash in St Louis. His work is found in collections around the world, including The Getty Center for Humanities, The Bodleian Library, The Newberry Library, the Yale Arts of the Book Collection and other notable collections.

Terrence Dempsey, S.J., is MOCRA’s director and curator of two exhibitions featuring Maisner’s work: “Entrance to the Scriptorium (1998)” and “The Hourglass and the Spiral,” currently on display at MOCRA. He holds the May O'Rourke Jay Endowed Chair in Art History and teaches in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Saint Louis University.

About MOCRA Voices: MOCRA Voices is a series of conversations with thinkers and practitioners at the intersection of contemporary art, religion and spirituality. Produced by Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), MOCRA Voices takes listeners 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 online at