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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.

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Current exhibition

Erika Diettes: Sudarios

September 25 - December 4, 2016
Extended through December 11, 2016

Colombian artist Erika Diettes interviewed and photographed women who had been forced to witness the torture and murder of their loved ones during that country's armed conflict. The moving black-and-white portraits, which freeze in time instants of deep sadness, are printed on large panels of fine silk. Titled "Sudarios" (Spanish for "shrouds") -- calling to mind the image of Jesus miraculously imprinted on his burial cloth -- they have been exhibited in sacred sites across the world. Described as an "accumulation of suspended pain," they are displayed suspended from the ceiling of MOCRA's spacious former chapel.

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Two catalogues accompany the exhibition. 

Memento Mori: A Testament to Life is a lavishly illustrated, two-volume catalogue documenting three projects by Erika Diettes: Río Abajo, Sudarios, and Relicarios. It includes an Artist's Statement, essay by Ileana Diéguez, and conversation between Erika Diettes and Anne Wilkes Tucker, all in English and Spanish, along with nearly 150 images.

Sudarios includes essays by Ileana Diéguez, Virginia de la Cruz Lichet, and Charles Guice, along with 24 images.

The catalogues are available for purchase at MOCRA during the exhibition. They also can be purchased online in the MOCRA store.

Upcoming events

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First Fridays in Grand Center

November 4, December 2     5 - 9 p.m.

On the first Friday of each month, come to the Grand Center Arts District
in midtown St. Louis to experience a great array of exhibitions, openings,
and other special events, all within easy walking distance.

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MOCRA Voices

MOCRA Voices logo Explore MOCRA's podcast and lecture series. The latest episodes include a panel discussion on art, beauty and Islam; 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 Bible in film, told through movie posters.
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 ...
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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.

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

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