Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

February 7, 2009

Eight days and counting

It’s been a while since our last post, but it doesn’t mean we’ve been slacking off. We’re just over a week away from the opening of MOCRA’s next exhibition, Good Friday.

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

The exhibition opens on Sunday, February 15, with a free public reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. If you are in the St. Louis area, please stop by.

More information about the exhibition, include sample images, is available on MOCRA’s website.

It’s been busy behind the scenes as we undertake the various tasks related to a new exhibition: publicity, building out parts of the gallery, deciding on where each work will hang, writing the texts for the wall labels and didactics, and myriad other details.

Juan Gonzalez' "Don't Mourn, Consecrate" ... installation in progress

Juan Gonzalez' "Don't Mourn, Consecrate" ... installation in progress

For instance, this exhibition involves recreating a couple of works that haven’t been installed for some years. One by the late artist Juan Gonz├ílez, titled Don’t Mourn, Consecrate, originally hung in the street-level windows of New York University’s Grey Art Gallery. It was last shown in MOCRA’s 1994-95 exhibition Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS. The photo at right demonstrates one of the many uses for bubble-wrap, here serving to help us visualize the size and position of the stats of AIDS-related deaths that will hang to the right of the image.

The rejected clocks.

Rejected clocks.

Sometimes exhibition installations can send us on unexpected shopping expeditions. One work by the late artist Adrian Kellard includes a small kitchen wall clock. However, when the work arrived at MOCRA several years ago the clock did not make the journey. All we have to go on is a picture of the work in the artist’s studio. How difficult, you might ask, is it to find a clock of suitable size, style, and (significantly for the work), sound?

It turns out to be surprisingly difficult, involving rummaging around local resale shops, calling stores in the Yellow Pages, and searching on E-bay and numerous other websites. In the end, though, after a few disappointments, we found one that fit the bill.

The clock in place on Kellard's work.

The clock in situ.

Over the next week (in theater it’s called “Hell Week,” and that is apt for museums as well) I’ll see if I can’t get a few of the other staff members to pause long enough to share their observations and anecdotes.

In the meantime, please check out the MOCRA website for more information on Good Friday, and come by on February 15.

–David Brinker, Assistant Director

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