March 28, 2013
David Brinker

MOCRA Offers Materials for Holy Week, Passover Reflection

Works from previous exhibits, including 'Archie Granot: The Papercut Haggadah' and 'Good Friday,' are available at the museum's website.

Papercut Haggadah
The Papercut Haggadah installation at MOCRA. Submitted photo

In observance of this week's Passover celebrations, Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art invites everyone to revisit the exhibition Archie Granot: The Papercut Haggadah, which featured a remarkable version of the Jewish Passover Seder text, the Haggadah, created by Israeli artist Archie Granot. The 55 works in the series present the complete text of the Haggadah in Hebrew, all hand cut in paper and set against abstract geometric backgrounds. The result is a work of great visual complexity and beauty. Select works from The Papercut Haggadah will be available to view in a slide show on the MOCRA website

Visitors are also encouraged to listen to an interview recorded with Archie Granot and Max Thurm who, with his wife Sandra, commissioned The Papercut Haggadah. The interview is part of the MOCRA Voices podcast and is accompanied by an extensive listening guide with further information about the Haggadah, the practice of papercutting, and the significance of the written word in Jewish thought and practice.

Good Friday
Good Friday installation at MOCRA. Submitted photo

Along with Passover, this week also marks Holy Week for Christians. In 2009 and again in 2010, MOCRA assembled an exhibition titled Good Friday that looked at the variety of ways in which contemporary artists respond to and interpret Christ's Passion in their work.

For that exhibition, MOCRA produced a booklet of meditations on select artworks. In the past, the booklet was only available onsite at MOCRA, but it is now available as a free PDF download. All are invited to download a copy. 

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