Good Friday: The Suffering Christ in Contemporary Art

MOCRA gives an encore presentation of one of its most popular exhibitions ever. Drawing
on the MOCRA collection and works on long-term loan, Good Friday considers the ways
in which artists have explored the events of the day of Jesus' death in their work.

Good Friday 2010 header
February 2 - April 25, 2010

exhibition extended through May 16, 2010

Special Easter weekend hours
     Friday, April 2, 2010 (Good Friday)
     Saturday, April 3, 2010
     Sunday, April 4, 2010 (Easter)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
closed

The Wounded Body of Christ and the Modern Social Conscience
a free public lecture by MOCRA Director Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J.

     Sunday, March 28, 2010  2:00 p.m.
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General Exhibition Information
Hours: Tues - Sun, 11 am - 4 pm
Admission: free, with suggested donation of $5/adults, $1/students and children
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MOCRA has prepared a booklet of meditations on the artworks in Good Friday. It is free for all visitors to the museum.

click here for a copy of the booklet



Brancato - Crucifixion-Haiti 

Sister Helen David Brancato, Crucifixion - Haiti, 1997. Mixed media. MOCRA Collection.
Suffering, loss, and unconditional love
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 backgrounds who have used the events of the day of Jesus’ death as inspiration for their own reflections on such themes as faith, suffering, loss, compassion, and unconditional love. The selected works are drawn from the MOCRA collection and works on long-term loan, and employ a wide range of media from painting and sculpture to fiber arts.
Some works employ familiar images such as Hans Holbein’s The Dead Christ in the Tomb (1521), or Heinrich Hoffmann’s Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (1890), while others make use of traditional devotions such as the Stations of the Cross. Many of the artists translate the events of Jesus’ Passion to contemporary situations and draw forth a variety of insights, from the personal to the political. Good Friday proved to be among MOCRA’s most popular exhibitions ever, appealing to people from all walks of life. MOCRA is pleased to give audiences another opportunity to view this challenging and moving exhibition.

Artists in the exhibition include:
Peter Ambrose
Craig Antrim
Gryphon Blackswan
Edward Boccia
Nick Boskovich
Sr. Helen David Brancato
Frederick J. Brown
Bill Christman
Salvador Dalí
Michael David
Douglas DePice
Eleanor Dickinson
James Ensor
Nancy Fried
Ian Friend
Daniel Goldstein
Juan Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez Palma
Patrick Graham
Steven Heilmer
Tobi Kahn 
Adrian Kellard
Gerhard Knell
Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Stephen Luecking
Jim Morphesis
Daniel Ramirez
James Rosen
Georges Rouault
Thomas Skomski
Michael Tracy


Additional links

"Lenten Mysteries: Perspectives on the Passion in contemporary art"
     an article by MOCRA Director Terrence Dempsey, S.J. in the
     March 1, 2010 issue of America magazine.

"Everyman, Every Cross"
     a review of Good Friday in the March 27, 2010, issue of The Tablet
     MOCRA thanks The Tablet for permission to post the article.

A Riveting Image
     a post on the MOCRA blog noting the changing associations of an iconic image

Good Friday in the media

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