Works set in dialogue
Our first anniversary exhibition, Pursuit of the Spirit, will set works by over 40 artists in dialogue with each other, exploring broad themes such as Sacred Spaces, The Sublime, Mother and Child, and Image and Text. Artists in the exhibition include:
MOCRA presents the first of two exhibitions celebrating the museum’s first fifteen years.
Drawing primarily on the MOCRA collection, Pursuit of the Spirit places works in dialogue
in order to examine major themes that have emerged in MOCRA’s first 35 exhibitions.
September 21 - December 14, 2008
MOCRA will be closed Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.
MOCRA will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend.
Opening reception Sunday, September 21, 2008
1 - 4 p.m. free public opening reception
2 p.m. brief remarks
Terrence E. Dempsey, S.J., Founding Director and Curator, MOCRA
Gerald Bolas, Ph.D., former Director of the Ackland Art Museum of UNC-Chapel Hill
GENERAL EXHIBITION INFORMATION
Hours: Tues - Sun, 11 am - 4 pm
Admission: free, with suggested donation of $5/adults, $1/students and children
Group visits (school, religious, community, seniors, etc.) please call in advance
Directions to MOCRA
Frederick J. Brown
J. W. Mahoney
|DoDo Jin Ming
In a time when religion is a predominant topic in societies throughout the worldoften generating more heat than lightMOCRA continues to foster dialogue that seeks deeper understanding of others’ traditions and greater appreciation of one’s own.
For over 35 years, the Fusz Memorial Chapel was used by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University, but in 1990 the Jesuits relocated to smaller residences near the campus. In Spring 1991 Saint Louis University President Rev. Lawrence Biondi, S.J., gave permission to Rev. Terrence Dempsey, S.J., to adapt the chapel for use as a museum devoted to the presentation of contemporary religious Art. A thoughtful renovation made the chapel a suitable and noteworthy space for displaying art while honoring the original purpose and architecture of the building.
Since then, the museum has mounted 35 exhibitions involving more than 160 artists. MOCRA’s exhibitions have demonstrated the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic expression, presenting the work of artists who have attained recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally. Some work overtly pays homage to particular faith traditions while other works are more oblique but nonetheless spiritual. The media employed have varied from traditional painting, drawing, and prints to unusual materials such as blood, earth, mylar, and helium. Exhibitions at MOCRA have been enhanced by numerous conferences, lectures, and performances involving major theologians, visual artists, art historians, museum directors and curators, doctors, lawyers, philosophers, psychologists, choreographers, and musicians.
Please join us as we celebrate the first fifteen years of MOCRA, a foundational legacy
upon which we will build ever more expansive exhibitions and programming.