MOCRA exhibitions: Radiant Forms

MOCRA's first exhibition dedicated to architecture, Radiant Forms considers two sacred spaces by two of today's most important architects.
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September 10  - December 5, 2004
     free public opening reception   Friday, September 10, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition extended through February 27, 2005
also on display: Daniel Ramirez: Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus

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Hours: Tues - Sun, 11 am - 4 pm
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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 architects in an examination of their approaches to designing two houses of worship, one a parish church, the other a university chapel. We may consider these buildings on several levels: as functional sacred places, as embodiments of the dialogue between modern architecture and the faith experience, and as aesthetic objects in themselves.
Jubilee Church, Rome - Richard Meier Richard Meier, Jubilee Church. Photo © Alan Karchmer/Esto.
Internationally acclaimed architect Richard Meier (b. 1934) is known for innovative structures like the Getty Center, Los Angeles; the High Museum, Atlanta; and the Hartford Theological Seminary, Connecticut. In 1984 he was awarded architecture's most prestigious award, the Pritzker Prize. The Jubilee Church in Rome, dedicated on October 26, 2003, is Meier's third religious commission. One of fifty churches planned for the environs of Rome at the turn of the millennium, this building continues Meier's preoccupation with distilled purity of design and the play of light. Its three graceful sails echo the predominance of rounded forms frequently found in the architecture of Rome.
Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle - Steven Holl Steven Holl, Chapel of St. Ignatius. Photo © Paul Warchol.
In 2001 Time named Steven Holl (b. 1947) as "America's Best Architect." His commissions respond to the function of each building and its siting, from the bold Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art to the much-anticipated new wing of Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Among Holl's most acclaimed buildings to date is the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the campus of Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington. Dedicated on April 7, 1997, this jewel of a chapel comprises both intimate and vaulted spaces, textured walls and ceilings, and a complex of indirect natural lighting through colored lenses that sends pools of light across the interior surfaces.
Regional Arts Commission logo This exhibition is made possible in part by financial support from the Regional Arts Commission.

Additional links

Steven Holl website

Richard Meier website

Virtual tour of the St. Ignatius Chapel

Radiant Forms in the media
Higher purpose. Greater good.
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