Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) presents Adrian Kellard: The Learned Art of Compassion, a selection of work by American artist Adrian Kellard (1959-91).
A free public opening reception will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at MOCRA. The exhibition will be on display at the museum from Sept. 24 through Dec. 11.
Regular museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free, though there is a suggested donation of $5 or $1 for students and children. Call (314) 977-7170 or visit the MOCRA web site for more information.
Kellard incorporated "high" art with "low" art, combining images quoted from artists of the past with images from pop culture. His distinctive, brightly colored woodcut panels convey sophisticated themes while remaining visually accessible.
About the exhibition
Although a professionally trained artist, Kellard incorporated "high" art with "low" art, combining images quoted from artists such as Giotto and Michelangelo with images from pop culture.
Working in the stylistic tradition of German Expressionism, Kellard demonstrated expertise with wood carving by creating bold images of Christ, Mary and Christian saints in contemporary contexts. An X-ACTO knife was his principal tool and household paints on pine panels were his media.
Kellard's career was tragically cut short by AIDS just as he was gaining a greater national and international reputation. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, New York University's Grey Art Gallery, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
MOCRA is fortunate to have the largest collection of Kellard's work of any single art institution. Several works have been shown in MOCRA group exhibitions over the years, but now, 30 years after the identification of HIV and 20 years after Kellard's death, MOCRA is pleased to present this solo exhibition including several of Kellard's most important works.
About the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA)
Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the world's first interfaith museum of contemporary religious and spiritual art. Officially opened in 1993, MOCRA is dedicated to the ongoing dialogue between contemporary artists and the world's faith traditions.
Located in a spacious chapel that was used for over 35 years by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University, MOCRA offers a unique, meditative setting for the display of its permanent collection and changing exhibitions.
MOCRA's exhibitions demonstrate the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic expression, presenting the work of artists of regional, national and international stature.
Regular museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. MOCRA is located at 3700 West Pine Mall on the campus of Saint Louis University in midtown St. Louis. Free group tours are available, and MOCRA makes every effort to help educators and group organizers to incorporate its exhibitions into curricula and programming.
For directions, parking information and all other inquiries, please call (314) 977-7170, email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mocra.slu.edu.