This Sunday, March 28, 2010, MOCRA Director Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J. will deliver a free public lecture titled, “The Wounded Body of Christ and the Modern Social Conscience.”
Fr. Dempsey’s lecture will offer an overview of how images associated with the suffering and death of Jesus still have vitality, even in a pluralistic world. Images referring to the events of Good Friday have been employed by the artists of our time not only to manifest an expression of faith but more frequently to address life and death realities such as war, bigotry, poverty, oppression, genocide, sickness and pandemics in order to stimulate empathetic responses within the viewers. Among the modern artists to be discussed are Georges Rouault, Kathe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, and Graham Sutherland, as well as contemporary artists such as Michael Tracy, Juan Gonzalez, Eleanor Dickinson, Stephen de Staebler, Daniel Goldstein, Luis González Palma, Adrian Kellard, Dinh Q. Le, and James Rosen.
Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and the Founding Director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA). He holds a Ph.D. in art history and religion from 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. He has curated over fifty-five exhibitions, including thirty-six exhibitions for MOCRA. These exhibitions have received significant critical acclaim and positive public response. Fr. Dempsey is also the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer.
The lecture begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free. A reception will follow the lecture, and include the opportunity to see the exhibition, Good Friday: The Suffering Christ in Contemporary Art, on display through April 25, 2010.
Learn more about the lecture here.
— David Brinker, Assistant Director