- MOCRA Past Exhibitions
- Thresholds: Part One
- Jordan Eagles: BLOOD / SPIRIT
- Patrick Graham: Thirty Years
- A Tribute to Frederick J. Brown
- Archie Granot: The Papercut Haggadah
- Adrian Kellard: The Learned Art of Compassion
- James Rosen: The Artist and the Capable Observer
- Good Friday: The Suffering Christ in Contemporary Art
- Michael Byron: Cosmic Tears
- MOCRA at Fifteen: Good Friday
- MOCRA at Fifteen: Pursuit of the Spirit
- Miao Xiaochun: The Last Judgment in Cyberspace
- The Celluloid Bible
- Oskar Fischinger: Movement and Spirit
- Gorky: The Early Years, 1927-1937
- DoDo Jin Ming: Land and Sea
- Junko Chodos: The Breath of Consciousness
- Daniel Ramirez: Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus
- Radiant Forms in Contemporary Sacred Architecture
- Rito, Espejo y Ojo / Ritual, Mirror and Eye
- Tobi Kahn: Avoda
- Tony Hooker: The Greater Good
- Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds
- Robert Farber: A Retrospective, 1985-1995
- Lewis deSoto: Paranirvana
- Bernard Maisner: Entrance to the Scriptorium
- MOCRA: The First Five Years
- Tobi Kahn: Metamorphoses
- Manfred Stumpf: Enter Jerusalem
- Utopia Body Paint: Australian Aboriginal Art
- Steven Heilmer: Pietre Sante | Holy Stones
- Edward Boccia: Eye of the Painter
- Frederick J. Brown: The Life of Christ Altarpiece
- Eleanor Dickinson: A Retrospective
- Ian Friend: The Edge of Belief
- Keith Haring: Altarpiece: The Life of Christ
- Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS
- Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual
- Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre
- Body and Soul: Alvin Ailey
- Sanctuaries: Recovering the Holy in Contemporary Art
MOCRA exhibitions: The Celluloid Bible
Over 50 vintage movie posters from around the world for films inspired by the Bible and the biblical era
|September 16 - December 9, 2007|
|Opening events: Sunday, September 16|
2 - 3 p.m.: Rev. Michael Morris, OP, lectures on: "Moving Pictures: The Bible and Beyond"
3 - 5 p.m.: opening reception
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Two Celluloid Bible Classics at the Tivoli
MOCRA presents on the big screen two of the most successful film epics ever made
Sunday, October 7: The Ten Commandments (1956)
Sunday, November 4: Ben-Hur (1959)
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with sample images.
|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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|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 treatment to the present day. The Celluloid Bible: Marketing Films Inspired by Scripture examines how the Bible has been visualized on film by bringing together 53 vintage movie posters that survey films from 1898 to the present—films classic and obscure, domestic and international, grandiose and camp—along with a selection of ancillary promotional and commemorative materials.|
The Bible ... In the Beginning, USA/Italy, 1966.
The posters (which range from small window cards to 9-foot mural-like posters) serve as aesthetic objects in their own right, and as indicators of changing trends in the film industry’s approach to the Bible. Designed to inspire the imagination and entice viewers to make a cinematic pilgrimage, the posters allow us to trace developments in the graphic arts as well as in advertising and marketing. Many of the posters have topical imagery that links them to a particular time and place, while others achieve a timeless quality; a number deserve to be considered as bona fide works of art. The posters, like the films they promote, can reveal much about the social milieus in which they functioned. The posters also hint at the various stances filmmakers have taken toward their biblical material: reverent or irreverent, ironic or dogmatic, understated or epic.
About the collector
The Celluloid Bible draws on the extensive collection of film posters of scholar Rev. Michael Morris, O.P. Morris received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and for twenty years has been a Professor of Religion and the Arts at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. A special interest in film has led him to build a world-class collection of movie posters and allied material for films that charts the intersection between religion and the cinema. Morris writes for both scholarly and popular publications. His biography of the wife of the actor Rudolph Valentino (Madam Valentino: The Many Lives of Natacha Rambova, Abbeville Press, 1991) was named by The New York Times as one of the Notable Books of the Year. MOCRA is only the second venue to publicly display the Morris collection.
left: Golgata (France, 1935).
|This exhibition is made possible in part by financial support from the Regional Arts Commission.|
|Explore the The Celluloid Bible with KETC-Ch. 9's "Living St. Louis"|
If you have difficulties with this link, click here and look for the episode titled, "Celluloid Bible".