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2017-01-1 to 2017-04-2 Bernard Maisner: The Hourglass and the Spiral

Bernard Maisner: The Hourglass and the Spiral
January 1, 2017 to April 2, 2017

MOCRA presents paintings and illuminated manuscripts by internationally recognized master calligrapher Bernard Maisner, honoring a gift by Helen Du Bois in honor of her late husband, Peter. ...

2016-01-26 to 2016-05-8 Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre

Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre
January 26, 2016 to May 8, 2016

About the artist Georges Rouault is a distinctive figure in twentieth-century art. Born in working-class Paris in 1871, Rouault was apprenticed as a youth to a stained glass workshop. In late 1890, h...

2016-09-25 to 2016-12-11 Sudarios Erika Diettes

Sudarios Erika Diettes
September 25, 2016 to December 11, 2016

Colombian artist Erika Diettes explains that her work “is inspired by the extremely complex social, political, and cultural situation that exists in Colombia, along with theoretical questions raised...

2015-01-24 to 2015-05-10 Vast Bhutan Images from the Phenomenal World photographs by Regina Deluise

Vast Bhutan Images from the Phenomenal World photographs by Regina Deluise
January 24, 2015 to May 10, 2015

The images in this exhibition, taken in Thimpu, Bhutan in 2010, center on the ordinary surroundings of a culture both remarkable and mysterious (Bhutan only opened its borders in the 1950s and still s...

2015-09-13 to 2015-12-6 Painting Prayers The Calligraphic Art of Salma Arastu

Painting Prayers The Calligraphic Art of Salma Arastu
September 13, 2015 to December 6, 2015

Raised in Hinduism, Arastu later embraced Islam through her marriage. While living in Iran and Kuwait, she was fascinated by the beauty of Arabic calligraphy and began incorporating passages into her ...

2014-02-16 to 2014-05-18 Thresholds: MOCRA at 20 - Part Two

Thresholds: MOCRA at 20 - Part Two
February 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014

On February 14, 1993, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) opened as the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary art. Housed in a spacious chapel that was used for over thirty-fi...

2014-09-14 to 2014-12-14 Rebecca Niederlander | axis mundi

Rebecca Niederlander | axis mundi
September 14, 2014 to December 14, 2014

The axis mundi is a connector between heaven and earth, a point of beginning and ending. The convergence of the four compass points, it bridges the known and unknown, the experienced and the believed....

2013-01-20 to 2013-05-12  Jordan Eagles

Jordan Eagles
January 20, 2013 to May 12, 2013

New York artist Jordan Eagles began using animal blood as a painting medium 15 years ago in response to a philosophical debate with his best friend about life after death and the connection between bo...

2013-09-22 to 2013-12-15 Thresholds: MOCRA at 20 - Part One

Thresholds: MOCRA at 20 - Part One
September 22, 2013 to December 15, 2013

On February 14, 1993, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) opened as the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary art. Housed in a spacious chapel that was used for over thirty-fi...

2012-02-26 to 2012-05-20 The Papercut Haggadah

The Papercut Haggadah
February 26, 2012 to May 20, 2012

Archie Granot was born in London in 1946 and moved to Israel in 1967. Prior to settling in Jerusalem in 1978, he was a member of an agricultural community where he milked cows and grew melons. He earn...

2012-06-12 to 2012-08-26 A Tribute to Frederick J. Brown

A Tribute to Frederick J. Brown
June 12, 2012 to August 26, 2012

MOCRA was saddened to receive word that American painter Frederick J. Brown passed away on May 5, 2012. Brown (1945-2012) was one of America's finest and most prolific expressionist artists. His pa...

2012-09-23 to 2012-12-16 Patrick Graham

Patrick Graham
September 23, 2012 to December 16, 2012

About the artist Patrick Graham is widely regarded as Ireland’s most important contemporary artist, and has been recognized by Ireland as a “living national treasure” through his induction in...

2011-09-24 to 2011-12-11 The Learned Art of Compassion

The Learned Art of Compassion
September 24, 2011 to December 11, 2011

MOCRA presents a selection of work by American artist Adrian Kellard (1959-91). After art studies at SUNY Purchase he moved to New York City and studied under the artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. In his...

2010-02-2 to 2010-04-25 The Suffering Christ in Contemporary Art

The Suffering Christ in Contemporary Art
February 2, 2010 to April 25, 2010

Good Friday was originally presented in Spring 2009 as the second of two exhibitions celebrating MOCRA’s fifteenth anniversary. The exhibition includes works by over 30 artists of diverse background...

2010-09-26 to 2010-12-12 The Artist and the Capable Observer

The Artist and the Capable Observer
September 26, 2010 to December 12, 2010

Jim Rosen understands that when we open our eyes on the visible world . . . what we see is light. And this is what he paints. - Madlyn Millner Kahr, art historian Over his six-decade career, Jam...

2009-02-15 to 2009-04-26 Good Friday

Good Friday
February 15, 2009 to April 26, 2009

Celebrating fifteen years On February 14, 1993, the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary art opened its doors. Fifteen years later, Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Reli...

2009-09-13 to 2009-12-13 Cosmic Tears

Cosmic Tears
September 13, 2009 to December 13, 2009

In the evocative paintings of the Cosmic Tears series, Michael Byron explores the relationship of the individual to the universal. The works are based on a text by the artist that meditates on the ine...

2008-02-3 to 2008-05-11 The Last Judgment in Cyberspace

The Last Judgment in Cyberspace
February 3, 2008 to May 11, 2008

What do the figures in Michelangelo’s Last Judgment ... see at this fatal moment? To Miao Xiaochun, to answer these questions means to enter the painting and to assume the varied gazes of the painte...

2008-09-21 to 2008-12-14 Pursuit of the Spirit

Pursuit of the Spirit
September 21, 2008 to December 14, 2008

On February 14, 1993, the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary art opened its doors. Fifteen years later, Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) continues...

2007-03-31 to 2007-06-24 Movement and Spirit

Movement and Spirit
March 31, 2007 to June 24, 2007

Oskar Fischinger (1900–67) was a significant figure in the early days of filmmaking, attracting attention for his technological innovations, imaginative animation techniques, and the sheer bravura o...

2007-09-16 to 2007-12-09 The Celluloid Bible

The Celluloid Bible
September 16, 2007 to December 09, 2007

A uniquely modern art form, film and its associated motion picture industry have taken Judeo-Christian scripture as subject matter from the very beginning of the medium and have continued that treatme...

2006-01-22 to 2006-03-12 The Early Years

The Early Years
January 22, 2006 to March 12, 2006

Arshile Gorky (1904-48) is widely regarded as one of the most pivotal and significant artists in the development of 20th-century American art. After moving to America from Armenia in 1920, he quickly ...

2001-11-9 to 2002-02-10 Silver Clouds

Silver Clouds
November 9, 2001 to February 10, 2002

MOCRA introduced St. Louis audiences to Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds in 2001 and reprised the exhibit in 2002. MOCRA presented the Clouds a third time in 2006 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of...

2005-03-18 to 2005-07-31 The Breath of Consciousness

The Breath of Consciousness
March 18, 2005 to July 31, 2005

Junko Chodos: The Breath of Consciousness, curated by MOCRA director Rev. Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., is Japanese-American artist Chodos' first Midwest exhibition. It surveys the predominant themes and...

2005-09-15 to 2005-12-19 Land and Sea

Land and Sea
September 15, 2005 to December 19, 2005

DoDo Jin Ming: Land and Sea will be the first public presentation in St. Louis of DoDo Jin Ming's work. The exhibition draws from two bodies of work and includes 32 photographs, a medium in which Jin ...

2004-03-28 to 2004-06-13 Rito, Espejo y Ojo / Ritual, Mirror and Eye

Rito, Espejo y Ojo / Ritual, Mirror and Eye
March 28, 2004 to June 13, 2004

MOCRA is pleased to present the work of three significant Latin American artists to St. Louis audiences. While their personal and artistic backgrounds vary, all three artists share a common interest i...

2004-09-10 to 2004-12-5 Radiant Forms

Radiant Forms
September 10, 2004 to December 5, 2004

Radiant Forms in Contemporary Sacred Architecture is MOCRA's first exhibition dedicated to architecture. By means of photographs, drawings and plans, it brings together two of today's most important a...

2004-09-10 to 2004-12-5 Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus

Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus
September 10, 2004 to December 5, 2004

Concurrently with the Radiant Forms in Contemporary Sacred Architecture exhibition, MOCRA presents Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus: An Homage to Olivier Messiaen, a series of etchings by Dan...

2003-09-24 to 2003-10-12 Avoda, Objects of the Spirit, Ceremonial art by Tobi Kahn

Avoda, Objects of the Spirit, Ceremonial art by Tobi Kahn
September 24, 2003 to October 12, 2003

Tobi Kahn is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor. His work has been shown in 30 solo exhibitions and over 60 group and museum shows since he was selected as one of nine artists to be inc...

2002-02-23 to 2002-05-5 The Greater Good

The Greater Good
February 23, 2002 to May 5, 2002

The Tuskegee Experiment began in 1932 when the United States Public Health Service initiated a study of syphilis in African American males in Macon County, Alabama. With whatever intentions the study ...

2002-08-27 to 2002-12-14 Silver Clouds

Silver Clouds
August 27, 2002 to December 14, 2002

MOCRA introduced St. Louis audiences to Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds in 2001 and reprised the exhibit in 2002. MOCRA presented the Clouds a third time in 2006 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of...

2006-09-10 to 2006-12-17 Silver Clouds

Silver Clouds
September 10, 2006 to December 17, 2006

MOCRA introduced St. Louis audiences to Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds in 2001 and reprised the exhibit in 2002. MOCRA presented the Clouds a third time in 2006 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of...

2000-04-15 to 2000-06-11 Paranirvana

Paranirvana
April 15, 2000 to June 11, 2000

MOCRA is pleased to present Lewis deSoto’s Paranirvana, a 25-foot long image of the reclining Buddha made of a nylon skin and inflated with air, based on a well-known Sri Lankan sculpture. Paranirva...

2000-11-18 to 2000-01-28 Robert Farber: A Retrospective

Robert Farber: A Retrospective
November 18, 2000 to January 28, 2000

New York artist Robert Farber turned to art in his mid-30s and pursued it until his death in 1995 at the age of 47. His work has been shown in such distinguished institutions as the Museum of Modern A...

1998-11-14 to 1999-03-7 Entrance to the Scriptorium

Entrance to the Scriptorium
November 14, 1998 to March 7, 1999

The exhibition catalogue features 70 color reproductions, a catalogue essay by art historian Dore Ashton, and an introduction and interview with the artist by exhibition curator Terrence Dempsey, S.J....

1998-03-8 to 1998-05-8 Tobi Kahn  METAMORPHOSES

Tobi Kahn METAMORPHOSES
March 8, 1998 to May 8, 1998

An illustrated 80-page color catalogue with essays by Peter Selz, Michael Brenson, and Dore Ashton accompanies the exhibition and will be available for purchase at MOCRA. The catalogue is available...

1998-05-26 to 1998-10-25

The First Five Years
May 26, 1998 to October 25, 1998

MOCRA celebrates its fifth anniversary with selections from its first fifteen exhibitions....

1997-02-7 to 1997-03-16 Pietre Sante | Holy Stones

Pietre Sante | Holy Stones
February 7, 1997 to March 16, 1997

MOCRA is pleased to present an installation of works by sculptor Steven Heilmer. Expertly carved in Carrara and Vermont marble, the pieces juxtapose raw stone with highly finished sculpted fabric. In ...

1997-04-4 to 1997-07-31 Utopia Body Paint

Utopia Body Paint
April 4, 1997 to July 31, 1997

A vigorous cultural revival is evident today throughout Aboriginal communities in Australia. Artists at Utopia -- a tract of Aboriginal freehold land in the central desert of Australia -- have produce...

1997-09-26 to 1997-11-23 Enter Jerusalem

Enter Jerusalem
September 26, 1997 to November 23, 1997

Born in 1957, German artist Manfred Stumpf studied in Frankfurt, New York, and Vienna. He is a versatile artist whoo has worked in the media of drawing and painting. He also has created installation w...

1995-12-2 to 1996-03-3 The Life of Christ Altarpiece

The Life of Christ Altarpiece
December 2, 1995 to March 3, 1996

In 1992, prolific expressionist artist Frederick J. Brown offered to execute a large, multi-paneled altarpiece based on the life of Christ for the new Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. A generous ...

1996-06-30 to 1996-06-30

Eye of the Painter
June 30, 1996 to June 30, 1996

When appraising the long career of an artist, we tend to focus on the mature style, or the works best known by the public. The exhibition, Edward Boccia: Eye of the Painter, seeks to render another vi...

1994-10-15 to 1994-12-18

Consecrations
October 15, 1994 to December 18, 1994

Consecrations is a coming together of the art community in response to the AIDS crisis. With boldness and in many modes of expression, these artists courageously confront human suffering and loss, but...

1995-04-8 to 1995-05-7

Altarpiece: The Life of Christ
April 8, 1995 to May 7, 1995

The altarpiece, cast in bronze and covered with gold leaf, is rendered in the artist’s post-graffiti style. Sam Havadtoy, writing in May 1990, shared his recollection of Haring's work on the panels:...

1995-05-19 to 1995-07-2 Ian Friend

Ian Friend
May 19, 1995 to July 2, 1995

The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is honored to present the first American retrospective of Australian artist Ian Friend. Common concerns thread their way through the diverse works in t...

1995-08-26 to 1995-10-22 Eleanor Dickinson

Eleanor Dickinson
August 26, 1995 to October 22, 1995

Throughout Eleanor Dickinson's work, the human form is seen as a reflection of the soul. Walter Hopps, former director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, has called Dickinson "one of the country's most p...

1994-05-3 to 1994-06-27

Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual
May 3, 1994 to June 27, 1994

The Minimalist movement, appearing in the mid-1960s and continuing well into the 1970s, is characterized by a reduction of forms to simple, basic geometric shapes, devoid of any ornamentation. Figurat...

1994-10-15 to 1994-12-18 Consecrations

Consecrations
October 15, 1994 to December 18, 1994

Consecrations is a coming together of the art community in response to the AIDS crisis. With boldness and in many modes of expression, these artists courageously confront human suffering and loss, but...

1993-02-14 to 1993-04-11 Sanctuaries: Recovering the Holy in Contemporary Art

Sanctuaries: Recovering the Holy in Contemporary Art
February 14, 1993 to April 11, 1993

MOCRA’s inaugural exhibition features more than 100 works from an wide-ranging roster of artists working in styles ranging from traditional Western figuration to minimalist and geometric abstraction...

1993-10-24 to 1993-12-19

Body and Soul
October 24, 1993 to December 19, 1993

A national touring exhibition of costumes, set designs, photographs, documents, and videotapes honoring one of America's greatest dance companies and the man who created it....