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'Pursuing the Spirit in Contemporary Art: A Celebration of Terrence Dempsey, S.J.'

Sunday, 10 November, 2019

The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) will honor its founding director, Terrence Dempsey, S.J., with a special program, “Pursuing the Spirit in Contemporary Art: A Celebration of Terrence Dempsey, S.J.,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the museum.

Dempsey has been known to joke that he may be the only person ever to turn his dissertation into a museum. It’s a distinction, to be sure, but hardly the only one that marks a long, creative, and productive career in art and education.

Now MOCRA honors its Founding Director as he retires from Saint Louis University after nearly three decades of teaching and museum leadership.

The program will reflect on and celebrate Dempsey’s rich and varied scholarship and his accomplishments with MOCRA. Special guest Aaron Rosen, Ph.D., will reflect on the intersection of art, faith and spirituality, in a talk titled “Brushes with Faith: Encounters in Contemporary Art.”

The program is free and open to the public, and will take place in Boileau Hall. There is a limited amount of free parking at Boileau Hall. Free parking is also available on the nearby streets.

The program will be followed by a reception at MOCRA, just a short walk from Boileau Hall. This is also an opportunity to see the exhibition Gratitude, curated by Dempsey.