We are proud to present the debut showing at MOCRA of Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero, Martyr of El Salvador, by Michael Tracy. This major work is dedicated to the Archbishop of El Salvador who was assassinated in 1980 (and is soon to be canonized a saint in the Roman Catholic Church). The Romero Cross has been seen worldwide in prominent venues including the 1982 Venice Biennale, and became part of MOCRA’s permanent collection in 2016. It is now on display after a major conservation and cleaning project that lasted more than half a year. Also on view are works by more than 20 artists, all from the MOCRA collection.
Beyond Words highlights the work of three outstanding contemporary artists — Salma Arastu, Archie Granot and Bernard Maisner — who bring together text and image in their work in an exhibition that locates them in the context of the grand tradition of manuscript illumination.
MOCRA opened in 1993 as the world's first interfaith museum of contemporary art that engages the religious and spiritual dimensions. We mark a quarter-century of remarkable exhibitions and outstanding programming with an exhibition that tells the story of the museum so far through the work of 25 artists. Curated by MOCRA's founding director, Terrence Dempsey, S.J., 25 will include both essential works from the MOCRA collection and works not seen before at MOCRA. 25 will serve as a perfect introduction for people just discovering MOCRA, and an opportunity for longtime visitors to recall the exhibitions and artwork that have made MOCRA a highly regarded and cherished museum.
25 will open on September 16, 2018.
MOCRA has presented a wide array of exhibitions, including solo and group shows, encompassing painting, photography, prints, sculpture, video, digital art and more.
MOCRA is proud to show the work of artists of regional, national, and international stature, representing a diverse cross-section of backgrounds.