Saint Louis University

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the world's first interfaith museum of contemporary art that engages religious and spiritual themes. MOCRA is dedicated to the ongoing dialogue between contemporary artists and the world's faith traditions, and to serving as a forum for interfaith understanding. In a time when religion is viewed by many in exclusive ways, MOCRA intends to be inclusive and embracing, a center for healing and reconciliation.

Click here to learn more about MOCRA's mission and history.

Current exhibition

Salma Arastu: Painting Prayers exhibition

through December 6, 2015

MOCRA will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of
the holiday weekend during regular hours.

Drawing on her Hindu and Muslim background, and combining expertise in Arabic calligraphy with contemporary painting methods, Arastu creates large, evocative canvases that invite viewers into quiet contemplation.

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Upcoming events

So That You Know Each Other
Intercultural Reflections on Art, Beauty and Islam

December 6, 2015   1 p.m.

A program exploring historic and contemporary approaches to Islamic art, from perspectives both within and outside of Islam.

More information 

 First Fridays logo

First Fridays in Grand Center

December 4     5 - 9 p.m.

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Connect with MOCRA
Keep up-to-date about MOCRA's exhibitions and programs by joining our mailing list, subscribing to our e-newsletter, reading the MOCRA blog, or networking with us.

MOCRA sends out traditional exhibition and event announcements via the postal service, as well as a timely MOCRA newsletter via e-mail. You can sign up for one or both lists by providing your e-mail address below. Please note that you can update your information and unsubscribe at any time via links in the e-mail newsletter.

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MOCRA Voices

MOCRA Voices logo Explore MOCRA's podcast and lecture series. The latest episodes feature a an interview with Ellen Dissanayake about the evolutionary origins of art-making; a conversation with journalist Menachem Weckera look back at MOCRA's early years with some of the people who were there; and a lecture on the religious art of Pablo Picasso.
Click here to listen to and watch MOCRA Voices episodes online, and explore the associated Listening Guides. Or to take MOCRA Voices on the go ...
Listen to Stitcher

Get the free Stitcher app for your smartphone or tablet, and listen to the podcast on your mobile device. Subscribe to the MOCRA podcast and listen to it anywhere you go, anytime.

find MOCRA Voices on iTunes

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.


Shop the MOCRA online store
Purchase catalogues from MOCRA exhibitions through our secure online marketplace. Click here to browse.

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