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About MOCRA

Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the world's first interfaith museum of contemporary art that engages religious and spiritual themes.

Mission

Through exhibitions, collections and educational programs, MOCRA highlights and explore the ways contemporary visual artists engage the religious and spiritual dimensions. MOCRA serves the diverse Saint Louis University community, and the wider public, by facilitating personal discovery, experience, and inspiration, while contributing to a wider culture of interfaith encounter and dialogue.

Overview

MOCRA is located in the Fusz Memorial Chapel, used for over 35 years by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University. After the Jesuits relocated in 1990,  Terrence Dempsey, S.J., proposed adapting the chapel for use as a museum devoted to the presentation of contemporary religious art, a plan approved by University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. A thoughtful renovation made the chapel a suitable and noteworthy space for displaying art while honoring the original purpose and architecture of the building. 

MOCRA's exhibitions demonstrate the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic expression, presenting the work of artists who have attained recognition regionally, nationally and internationally. Exhibitions at MOCRA are enhanced by tours and class visits, along with programming including lectures, conferences, and performances, along with the MOCRA Voices podcast. 

MOCRA has received critical acclaim in the local, national and international media, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Art News, Art Papers, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Art Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American-Statesman, America, The Tablet, and The New York Times. In December 2002, MOCRA was named by USA Today as one of America's top 10 religious museums. In 2013, MOCRA was named "Best Museum" in the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis poll.

MOCRA Mission and Exhibition History (PDF)