Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

December 17, 2008

Taking a breather

Filed under: Exhibitions, Pursuit of the Spirit — Tags: , , , — mocraslu @ 12:36 pm

Pursuit of the Spirit, the first of MOCRA’s two fifteenth-anniversary exhibitions, closed on Sunday. Now for a couple of weeks of decompression and holiday break before installing the second anniversary show, Good Friday, scheduled to open on February 8, 2009.

Pursuit of the Spirit had good attendance and positive feedback from those who visited. Among my personal metrics for gauging the success of an exhibition are the amount of time visitors spend in the museum, and the amount of time they spend with individual works. On both counts, this exhibition scored high marks.

I don’t have the opportunity to talk with individual visitors as much as I would like, to find out how they have responded to particular works or to the exhibition overall. When I do, invariably I receive a new insight into works that I thought I knew pretty well.

So it’s great to discover that at least one visitor has blogged about his experience at the exhibition. Read what Chris King has to say about Seyed Alavi’s Noli me tangere.

You can also read Chris’ ruminations on the Pursuit of the Spirit opening reception, replete with sketch of MOCRA’s Director, Terrence Dempsey, S.J.

–David Brinker, Assistant Director

December 10, 2008

“Pursuit of the Spirit” closing Sunday

Filed under: Exhibitions, Pursuit of the Spirit — mocraslu @ 6:50 pm
Frederick J. Brown, "Madonna and Child."

Installation view, "Pursuit of the Spirit," at MOCRA, 2008. Foreground: Jeff Miller, "The Holy Spirit"; background: Frederick J. Brown, "Madonna and Child."

MOCRA’s fifteenth-anniversary exhibition Pursuit of the Spirit closes this Sunday, December 14, 2008. MOCRA is open now through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time patron, this exhibition has something to offer. It includes works spanning a wide range of media and subject matter, and represents over 40 artists who have been exhibited at MOCRA in the past 15 years.

If you are in the St. Louis area, we hope to see you between now and Sunday!

December 9, 2008

“Pursuit of the Spirit” reviewed; questions raised

MOCRA’s fifteenth-anniversary exhibition Pursuit of the Spirit was featured in the Sunday, December 7, 2008 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reviewer David Bonetti praises MOCRA’s “vigorous program” and highlights a number of works in the exhibition. At the same time, he voices some common questions and objections about what MOCRA aims at in presenting contemporary art that engages the religious and spiritual dimensions. For instance, how does one identify the “spiritual” in art if a traditional iconography is lacking?

We invite you to read Mr. Bonetti’s review and then share your own thoughts about the questions he poses. Have you visited MOCRA to see Pursuit of the Spirit? How does your experience compare with his?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Read David Bonetti’s review of Pursuit of the Spirit.

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