MOCRA Exhibitions

Explore the range of artists and works found at MOCRA. Plus, learn about the art and science of conservation as we prepare to display a major recent acquisition, Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero, Martyr of El Salvador, by Michael Tracy. 

Transformations: Highlights from the MOCRA Collection

through April 8, 2018
closed March 30 - April 1 for the Easter holiday

MOCRA will be closed April 9 - April 20 as we install the Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero.
We will reopen on April 21.

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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Transformations and Visible Conservation featured on STL TV's "City Corner"

Transformation is an essential element of the creation and experience of art. Artists manipulate materials and perceptions in ways that bring their work, viewers, and themselves to new physical, psychological, and spiritual states of existence. Recognizing and talking about the spiritual and religious dimensions in art can be challenging. Sometimes an artwork evokes in us a sense of connection to something other, and perhaps greater, than ourselves. We are moved beyond surface, material existence to an engagement with deeply human concerns such as suffering, love, mortality, and immortality. Such art can be an expression of faith or it can be a genuine inquiry into the religious dimension-an appreciation of mystery, and perhaps a search for answers.

This is the challenging and exciting terrain that MOCRA has been exploring for almost 25 years. The present exhibition encompasses work spanning the past three decades. It reflects a striking geographical, ethnic, religious and spiritual range among the artists, as well as the stylistic and material diversity found in the art of our time. Featured artists include Salma Arastu, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Jordan Eagles, Nancy Fried, Luis González Palma, Adrian Kellard, DoDo Jin Ming, Jim Morphesis, Daniel Ramirez, and Susan Schwalb.

In one way or another, the works invite us to a more focused attention, to a deeper understanding, and to an engagement with mystery.

Visible Conservation ... Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero

A conservator works on the central column of the Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero.



You might be wondering why parts of the museum are currently roped off. In 2016 MOCRA acquired Michael Tracy's powerful 1981 work Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero, Martyr of El Salvador. Now we are excited to give you a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process of documenting and cleaning the work prior to its reassembly and first presentation at MOCRA.

The array of materials and techniques employed in the discipline of art conservation is impressive (and occasionally surprising). We hope you find this other form of artistic transformation as fascinating as we do, and that you return to see the work as it progresses.

Visible Conservation ... Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero


A view of the conservation workspace in MOCRA's central nave gallery.

Visible Conservation ... Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero

Visible Conservation ... Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero


A conservator removes grime from components of the
Cruz to Bishop Oscar Romero using both dry and wet cleaning techniques.

Additional links

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)

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