On Dec. 1, the Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) will observe 'Day With(out) Art,' a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis.
MOCRA's current exhibition, Adrian Kellard: The Learned Art of Compassion, features work by a young artist whose life was cut short by AIDS in 1991. The exhibition continues through Dec. 11.
Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Exhibition admission is free, though there is a suggested donation of $5 or $1 for students and children.
Find more information by calling 314-977-7170 or visiting the MOCRA website.
MOCRA will also releasing a special episode of its MOCRA Voices podcast series on Dec. 1, featuring an interview with curator and art historian Thomas Sokolowski.
Sokolowski was instrumental in the founding of Day With(out) Art and the creation of the red ribbon for AIDS Awareness. In this interview, Sokolowski talks about the close relationship between art and AIDS activism, and reflects on the past, present and future role of art where AIDS is concerned. The podcast can be streamed from MOCRA's website or downloaded from the iTunes Store. Visit the MOCRA website and follow the link for MOCRA Voices for more information.
About Day With(out) Art
Day Without Art (DWA) began on Dec. 1, 1989, as a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Events included shutting down museums to send staff to volunteer at AIDS services or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS.
Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part.
In 1997 Day Without Art become a 'Day With Art,' to recognize and promote increased programming of cultural events that draw attention to the continuing pandemic. Parentheses were added to the program title, 'Day With(out) Art,' to highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS, that were taking place around the world.
About the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA)
Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free.
Free group tours are available, and MOCRA makes every effort to help educators and group organizers to incorporate its exhibitions into curricula and programming. Call 314-977-7170 for directions, parking information and all other inquiries, or e-mail the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit MOCRA online at mocra.slu.edu.