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Gallery Talk: Explore MOCRA's Stained Glass Windows

Thursday, 17 November, 2016

The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is housed in a former Jesuit seminary chapel, with the prominent feature of 10 tall, narrow stained-glass windows. These served not only an architectural function, but a theological one as well, with Biblical imagery that relates to the Eucharist and priesthood for which the seminarians were preparing. When the chapel became a museum, the windows were covered by shades to protect sensitive artwork from light damage.

Now, for the first time in 23 years, at the request of artist Erika Diettes, the stained glass is exposed as part of the Sudarios exhibition. The interplay of the colored light and the diaphanous silk of the photographs throughout the day adds to the sense that these are living, breathing works.

MOCRA is offering a number of opportunities to learn more about MOCRA's windows. Join a staff member for a brief (15-minute) gallery talk about the windows, then stay to explore Sudarios as well as works from the MOCRA collection also on display. These talks are free and open to the public -- no reservations required.

- 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 10
- 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17
- 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27
- 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1