MOCRA exhibitions: Good Friday

MOCRA presents the second of two exhibitions celebrating the museum's first fifteen years. Drawing primarily on the MOCRA collection, Good Friday considers the ways in which artists have explored the events of the day of Jesus' death in their work.
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February 15 - April 26, 2009
     free public opening reception
     Sunday, February 15, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Special Easter weekend hours
     Friday, April 10, 2009 (Good Friday)
     Saturday, April 11, 2009
     Sunday, April 12, 2009 (Easter)

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

Join us for a free public conference
Art and the Religious Imagination
     Saturday, April 11, 2009  1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
     click here for more information

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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

Gonzalez - Don't Mourn, Consecrate 

Juan Gonzalez, Don't Mourn,
1987. Photo-collage
with charcoal and oilstick. Private
collection, St. Louis, Missouri.
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 Religious Art (MOCRA) continues to serve as a forum for the ongoing dialogue between today’s artists and the major faith traditions. MOCRA is celebrating this milestone with two fifteenth-anniversary exhibitions that draw on artists and artworks selected from the museum’s 35 exhibitions. In Fall 2008 the first exhibition, Pursuit of the Spirit, set works by over 40 artists in dialogue with each other, exploring themes such as Sacred Spaces, The Sublime, Mother and Child, and Image and Text.
Suffering, loss, and unconditional love
The second exhibition, Good Friday, presents 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 primarily from the MOCRA collection, and employ a wide range of media from painting and sculpture to fiber arts. Some works employ familiar images (such as Hans Holbein’s 1521 painting The Dead Christ in the Tomb) while others make use of traditional devotions such as the Stations of the Cross. Many of the artists translate the events of Good Friday to contemporary situations and draw forth a variety of insights, from the personal to the political. 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
Charlotte Lichtblau
Stephen Luecking
Jim Morphesis
James Rosen
Georges Rouault
Thomas Skomski
Michael Tracy

Additional links
  • MOCRA at Fifteen: Good Friday in the media

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    In a time when religion is a predominant topic in societies throughout the world—often generating more heat than light—MOCRA continues to foster dialogue that seeks deeper understanding of others’ traditions and greater appreciation of one’s own.
    For over 35 years, the Fusz Memorial Chapel was used by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University, but in 1990 the Jesuits relocated to smaller residences near the campus. In Spring 1991 Saint Louis University President Rev. Lawrence Biondi, S.J., gave permission to Rev. Terrence Dempsey, S.J., to adapt the chapel for use as a museum devoted to the presentation of contemporary religious Art. 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 have demonstrated the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic expression, presenting the work of artists who have attained recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally. Some work overtly pays homage to particular faith traditions while other works are more oblique but nonetheless spiritual. The media employed have varied from traditional painting, drawing, and prints to unusual materials such as blood, earth, mylar, and helium. Exhibitions at MOCRA have been enhanced by numerous conferences, lectures, and performances involving major theologians, visual artists, art historians, museum directors and curators, doctors, lawyers, philosophers, psychologists, choreographers, and musicians.

    MOCRA@15 logo   Pursuit of the Spirit logo    Good Friday logo
    Please join us as we celebrate the first fifteen years
    of MOCRA, a foundational legacy upon which we will build
    ever more expansive exhibitions and programming.

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