MOCRA will be open on Saturday and Sunday of this holiday weekend (July 2 and 3; MOCRA will be closed on Monday, July 4). Amidst all the fireworks, family gatherings, civic observances, and general celebration, a visit to MOCRA might not be the most obvious pick for a holiday activity. But perhaps there’s a value in setting aside some time and space for reflection on America’s past, present, and future. MOCRA presentation of Georges Rouault’s landmark series of etchings titled Miserere et Guerre, continuing through July 31, 2011, could be a prime vehicle for such reflection.
One of the marks of Rouault’s greatness as an artist is how timely his work remains for contemporary audiences. In Miserere et Guerre Rouault reflects in part on the themes of liberty and justice for all in society, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable. The works also ponder whether war can be justified, and if so, what are the true costs and gains of conflict. For Rouault, these questions must be addressed not just in the social sphere, but in the realm of religion and spirituality as well.
Somber (and often divisive) topics, to be sure, but the concerns of Rouault’s day are not so different from many of the challenges we face individually and collectively today. We invite you to let these compelling works speak to you across the decades.
Click here for more information about Miserere et Guerre at MOCRA.
— David Brinker, Assistant Director