Release date: November 18, 2014
In this program presented on March 29, 2009, a panel of distinguished museum directors and theologians discussed the roles that secular and religious art museums can play in the presentation of art with spiritual and religious content. They also explored how spiritual and religious art has the potential to invite viewers into a deeper interior journey.
Terrence Dempsey, SJ, recounted the genesis of the world's first interfaith museum of contemporary art. Pamela Ambrose described how an existing private university museum's mission was extended and enriched, while Gerald Bolas reflected on the challenges facing a public university art museum in showing work that relates to religion and spirituality. Charles Bouchard, OP, examined MOCRA's Good Friday exhibition through the lens of Christian theological reflection.
Producer: David Brinker
Videography: Cengiz Yar
Editing: Tangent Mind, LLC
from left: Charles Bouchard, Pamela Ambrose, Gerald Bolas, and Terrence Dempsey. Photo by Jeffrey Vaughn.
"The Spiritual in Art and the Public Response"
Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago
"Sacred Objects in the Secular Art Museum"
Gerald T. Bolas
Raleigh Arts Commission
former Director Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
"Suffering and the Presence of God in Good Friday"
OP Provincial, Dominican Central Province
former Vice President for Theological Education Ascension Health, St. Louis
"The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art:
Reflecting on Fifteen Years of the Pursuit of the Spirit," Terrence Dempsey, SJ Founding Director
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA)
Saint Louis University, St. Louis
Photos by Jeffrey Vaughn.