When: February 23, 2022
Speaker: Fr. Tom Lucas, SJ
Topic: Dancing with the Darkness: Art in the time of Plague
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The Social “hour” begins at 7 pm. Presentation begins at 7:30
Father Lucas is an internationally recognized expert in Jesuit art history and is well known as a liturgical designer and artist. As a graduate student, he designed and directed the restoration of the sixteenth century rooms of St. Ignatius in Rome and curated an exhibit on Jesuit architecture at the Vatican Library. After serving for three years as the National Secretary for Communications at the US Jesuit Conference, he joined the faculty at the University of San Francisco in 1995. There he was founding chair of the Fine and Performing Arts and founding director of the Thacher Gallery at USF (1998) and the Kalmanovitz Sculpture Terrace (2008).
In 2013, Father Lucas was named Rector of the Jesuit Community at Seattle University, where he also served as university distinguished professor and curator of the University Art Collection. He began a new assignment in 2021 as pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sacramento, California, where he continues his art and teaching work.
Father Lucas has made several presentations to the Dante Society in the past. Dante Society members will remember his talk on the restoration of the rooms in Rome where St. Ignatius lived and died as well as well as his talk on the scavi under St. Peter’s Basilica.
Father Lucas will present an illustrated slide lecture on the impact of the Black Death on 14th Century art, particularly in Italy, as the gentle spring of early naturalism gave way to sterner realism and flights of dramatic and sometimes horrific fancy.
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Live Meeting COVID Guidelines
Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we are trying to return to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person.
1) Please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy like last year.
2) Masks are encouraged. Although no longer required, we encourage attendees to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
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