Museum of Contemporary Religious Art


Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the world’s first museum of interfaith contemporary art. Officially opened in 1993, 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. Located in a spacious chapel that was used for over 35 years by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University, MOCRA offers a unique, meditative setting for the display of its permanent collection and changing exhibitions. MOCRA’s exhibitions demonstrate the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic expression, presenting the work of artists of regional, national and international stature. Exhibitions are complemented by lectures, symposia, performances, and other public presentations.

In its first fifteen years, MOCRA has earned the respect and admiration of the mainstream art world in America and abroad. It has received critical acclaim in the local and national media, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Art News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Art Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American-Statesman, and The New York Times.




    Comment by Adjani Klinsmann OKPU-EGBE — October 24, 2010 @ 9:35 am

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  3. Looking to purchase a print of Sr. H.D.
    Brancato, “IT WAS THE WOMEN WHO STAYED.” Please send me the info. Thanks.

    Comment by Terri Cook — May 2, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  4. You might wish to share this video about the Buffalo Religious Arts Center with your readers.

    The Buffalo Religious Arts Center was established to collect and preserve fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed their doors in the Western New York area. The Art Center is one of the first galleries in the United States housed in a former church and dedicated to the preservation of religious art.
    The stained glass windows, statuary and art work that they are collecting provide a unique insight into Buffalo’s culture as well as artistic history. These artifacts reveal the ethnic style of the thousands of European immigrants who came to Buffalo over the past centuries. Despite their poverty, they were able to gift us with an amazing diversity of religious decorative styles. It is our intention that this extraordinary art will always remain in Western New York.
    The arts center is located in the former St. Francis Xavier Church, in the historic Black Rock section of Buffalo. The Center collects religious art from all denominations, and will appeal to people, both religious and non-religious who appreciate fine art.

    Comment by Jack Kelly — August 11, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

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