Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA)
Saint Louis University
221 N Grand Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary art that engages religious and spiritual themes. 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.
In a time when religion is viewed by many in exclusive ways, MOCRA intends to be inclusive and embracing, a center for healing and reconciliation.
MOCRA is located in a former chapel used for over 35 years by Jesuits studying philosophy at Saint Louis University. A thoughtful renovation made the chapel a suitable and noteworthy space for displaying art while honoring the original purpose and architecture of the building. Since opening in 1993, the museum has mounted nearly 50 exhibitions involving more than 100 artists, demonstrating the range of contemporary religious and spiritual artistic expression by artists who have attained recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Exhibitions at MOCRA have been enhanced by numerous conferences, lectures, and performances involving major theologians, visual artists, art historians, museum directors and curators, doctors, lawyers, philosophers, psychologists, choreographers, and musicians. MOCRA has received critical acclaim in the local, national and international media, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Art News, Art Papers, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Art Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American-Statesman, America, The Tablet, and The New York Times.