Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

May 27, 2010

MOCRA moves into the summer

Here at MOCRA we have recently closed our encore presentation of the Good Friday exhibition. As with its first presentation in 2009, we have been impressed with the positive public and critical response. We’re particularly pleased that we seem to have established a museum environment in which visitors can comfortably consider the art across a whole gamut of approaches, from art appreciation to intimate theological reflection or prayer.

We are also gratified that two articles about the exhibition appeared in print in recent months. The first, penned by MOCRA’s Director, Terrence Dempsey, S.J., appeared in America magazine, and discussed the genesis and aims of the exhibition, particularly in the context of Ignatian spirituality. The second, a review of the exhibition by Jessica Murphy, appeared in the British publication The Tablet. Murphy shared her responses to the exhibition, including the insights inspired by certain key artworks. If you haven’t had a chance to read these articles yet, you can find them on the MOCRA website.

Props to the SLU grounds crew for a great makeover of the landscaping around MOCRA!

MOCRA will be closed to the public during the summer months as we attend to some much-needed in-house upkeep. While not all the details are in place yet, I can reveal that our fall exhibition, opening in mid-September, will explore the work of painter James Rosen. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime, we invite you to explore the MOCRA website. We’ve been continually updating and expanding the site. For instance, we recently completed a catalog of links for almost all of the artists who have been exhibited at MOCRA. We’ve also been updating and enhancing the pages for previous exhibitions. For instance, check out the pages for DoDo Jin Ming: Land and Sea, or Gorky: The Early Years – Paintings and Drawings, 1927 – 1937. Soon we also hope to be adding additional images and installation views from past exhibitions.

Finally, if you are not already subscribed to MOCRA’s e-mail newsletter, we encourage you to sign up. It’s our best way for providing you with timely updates about what is happening at MOCRA.

— David Brinker, Assistant Director

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February 23, 2010

“Good Friday” comes to “America”

Cover of America magazine, Mar. 1, 2010MOCRA’s exhibition Good Friday: The Suffering Christ in Contemporary Art, is featured in the March 1, 2010 issue of America magazine. The article by MOCRA Director Terrence Dempsey, SJ, titled “Lenten Mysteries: Perspectives on the Passion in contemporary art,” can be read online here.

In the article, Fr. Dempsey discusses why Good Friday has returned to MOCRA, and explores the ongoing relevance of the image of the suffering Christ for contemporary artists and viewers.

What is your reaction to the article? Do you agree that the image of the wounded Christ is still relevant? Have centuries of use denatured its power, or strengthened it? Have other images perhaps superseded it? Please share your thoughts with us.

— David Brinker, Assistant Director

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