The Museum of
Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the first museum of contemporary
interfaith art in the world. The museum, which is part of Saint Louis
University, seeks to be an ongoing forum for dialogue between contemporary
artists and various religious traditions as well as a place for greater
understanding among various religions. Located in a spacious chapel that was
used for over 35 years by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis
University and then as a student dormitory. MOCRA Officially opened in 1993
in the 5,000-square-foot building and still contains its original twelve
side chapels and altars, each housing a work of art.
offers a unique, meditative setting for the display of its permanent
collection. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum features
changing group and solo exhibitions three times each year. These exhibitions
demonstrate the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic
expression, presenting the work of artists of regional, national and
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art is one of three art museums on the
campus of St. Louis University. The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art,
the St. University Museum of Art, and the Cupples
House are within blocks of each other and can be easily viewed in a
morning or afternoon.
Visiting the Museum of
Contemporary Religious Art
Tuesday - Saturday:
11 am - 4 pm
Closed in January and on national and Catholic holidays.
There is no charge to visit the Museum of
Contemporary Religious Art. A suggested offering of $5 for adults and $1 for
students and children is appreciated. Some exhibitions may have an
additional admission fee.
Through December 10, 2017
Visible Conservation: Transformation is an
essential element of the creation and experience of art.
Artists manipulate materials and perceptions in ways that
bring their work, viewers, and themselves to new physical,
psychological, and spiritual states of existence.
Recognizing and talking about the spiritual and religious
dimensions in art can be challenging. Sometimes an artwork
evokes in us a sense of connection to something other, and
perhaps greater, than ourselves. We are moved beyond
surface, material existence to an engagement with deeply
human concerns such as suffering, love, mortality, and
immortality. Such art can be an expression of faith or it
can be a genuine inquiry into the religious dimension-an
appreciation of mystery, and perhaps a search for answers.
Free. A suggested offering of $5 for adults and $1 for
students and children is appreciated.
For more information
Location: The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art is is located
on the campus of St. Louis University. It is located in the
Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis, which is centered on Grand Avenue
just north of the Grand exit of I-64/US-40. Only metered street parking and
paid lots are available.
Learn more about the
St. Louis area.
Contemporary Religious Art - Official site of the St. Louis
University Museum of Art.