Friday, January 4, 2019

In 25 years, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art hasn't shied from risks

By Menachem Welker
Michael Tracy, "Triptych: Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Stations of the Cross for Latin America — La Pasin," acrylic on tarpaulin mounted on wood with glass, pottery and mixed media, with tin corona, 1981-1988. (MOCRA collection)
I still remember standing in front of Michael Tracy's enormous triptych on a February 2015 visit to St. Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. The massive work continues to look out over the rest of the gallery, but it's now joined for the exhibit "MOCRA: 25" (through Feb. 17) by another of Tracy's works. The exhibit celebrates the museum's quarter of a century with the works of 25 artists. Prior exhibits have examined the spiritual side of Andy Warhol, AIDS and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment. [More]

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art: "MOCRA 25" (Through February 17, 2019); Fusz Memorial Hall at 3700 West Pine Boulevard on the Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO; 314-977-7170;
Juan Gonzalez, "Free Fall," 1993, from the collection of Teresa and Lawrence Katz. (Courtesy of MOCRA)
Sr. Helen David Brancato, "Crucifixion – Haiti," acrylic and collage on wood, 1999 (MOCRA collection/Jeffrey Vaughn)