45 episodes

MOCRA Voices features conversations with thinkers and practitioners at the intersection of contemporary art, religion, and spirituality. Go in-depth with artists, scholars, theologians, religious leaders, and others who are engaged in the ongoing dialogue between visual art and the religious and spiritual dimensions. Be sure to check out our Vimeo channel, too.

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MOCRA Voices features conversations with thinkers and practitioners at the intersection of contemporary art, religion, and spirituality. Go in-depth with artists, scholars, theologians, religious leaders, and others who are engaged in the ongoing dialogue between visual art and the religious and spiritual dimensions. Be sure to check out our Vimeo channel, too.

    Audio Extra: Love as Strong as Death

    Audio Extra: Love as Strong as Death

    Dr. Aaron Rosen reflects on an artwork that holds deep personal meaning for him, in a conversation with MOCRA Director David Brinker

    • 5 min
    Aaron Rosen

    Aaron Rosen

    A leading scholar and curator reflects on the dialogue between contemporary visual artists and religion and spirituality, and shares his thoughts on MOCRA’s future.

    • 49 min
    Episode 24, Part 2: artway of thinking / Geographica Schema

    Episode 24, Part 2: artway of thinking / Geographica Schema

    How do you know if you're an artist? Many people would reflexively say they are not, since they cannot draw or paint or sculpt. But in this two-part episode, we hear from several people who have a more expansive understanding of what makes an artist. Their focus isn't on what is produced, but on the act of art-making itself, and the cultivation of an artistic methodology.
    In Part 1, St. Louis-based artist, author, and educator Con Christeson interviews Federica Thiene. Thiene is an artist based in Italy and co-founder of artway of thinking, a non-profit organization with the aim of researching collective creative processes, where the artist enters actively into the process of social change. Together they explore the origins and scope of artway and what it means to work within a co-creation methodology. Listen to Part 1 of the conversation here.
    Part 2 brings Christeson together with fellow St. Louis artist Tom Brady and MOCRA Assistant Director David Brinker in a conversation about the development of an artistic practice and its role in the community. They reflect on their shared their experiences with Geographica Schema, a project spearheaded by Christeson to introduce artway concepts to artists and others in St. Louis.
    Visit the MOCRA Voices website to learn more about Con Christeson, Federica Thiene, and Tom Brady, and to explore our other episodes.
     
    Recording Engineer and Editor: Mike Schrand
    Host: Linda Kennedy
    Theme and Incidental Music: Stephen James Neale
    Producer: David Brinker
    Original release date: 5/25/2017
    This episode was made possible with financial support from the Regional Arts Commission.

    • 57 min
    Episode 24, Part 1: artway of thinking / Geographica Schema

    Episode 24, Part 1: artway of thinking / Geographica Schema

    How do you know if you're an artist? Many people would reflexively say they are not, since they cannot draw or paint or sculpt. But in this two-part episode, we hear from several people who have a more expansive understanding of what makes an artist. Their focus isn't on what is produced, but on the act of art-making itself, and the cultivation of an artistic methodology.
    In Part 1, St. Louis-based artist, author, and educator Con Christeson interviews Federica Thiene. Thiene is an artist based in Italy and co-founder of artway of thinking, a non-profit organization with the aim of researching collective creative processes, where the artist enters actively into the process of social change. Together they explore the origins and scope of artway and what it means to work within a co-creation methodology.
    Part 2 brings Christeson together with fellow St. Louis artist Tom Brady and MOCRA Assistant Director David Brinker in a conversation about the development of an artistic practice and its role in the community. They reflect on their shared their experiences with Geographica Schema, a project spearheaded by Christeson to introduce artway concepts to artists and others in St. Louis. Listen to Part 2 of the conversation here.
    Visit the MOCRA Voices website to learn more about Con Christeson, Federica Thiene, and Tom Brady, and to explore our other episodes.
     
    Recording Engineer and Editor: Mike Schrand
    Host: Linda Kennedy
    Theme and Incidental Music: Stephen James Neale
    Producer: David Brinker
    Original release date: 5/25/2017
    This episode was made possible with financial support from the Regional Arts Commission.

    • 34 min
    Episode 23: Martha Schneider

    Episode 23: Martha Schneider

    Thanks to her discerning eye and generous hospitality, Martha Schneider has built a reputation as one of the foremost gallerists specializing in contemporary Latin American photography. But 30 years ago, she had no inkling where her passion for art would lead her.
    She spoke with MOCRA Director Terrence Dempsey, SJ, about the origins of Schneider Gallery and how she came to represent world-renowned artists such as Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Luis González Palma, and Erika Diettes. They also talk about the highly successful collaborations between the gallery and MOCRA, including 2016's acclaimed exhibition, Erika Diettes: Sudarios.
    Visit the MOCRA Voices website to learn more about Martha Schneider, and to explore a Listening Guide to the interview.
     
    Recording Engineer and Editor: Mike Schrand
    Host: Linda Kennedy
    Theme and Incidental Music: Stephen James Neale
    Producer: David Brinker
    Original release date: 5/23/2017
    This episode was made possible with financial support from the Regional Arts Commission.

    • 42 min
    Audio Extra, Episode 22: Henry Ossawa Tanner

    Audio Extra, Episode 22: Henry Ossawa Tanner

    Leo O'Donovan, SJ, talks about the compelling contemporary resonances he discerns in a painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner, "The Flight into Egypt."
    This is an Audio Extra to Episode 22: Leo O'Donovan, SJ.
     
    Original release date: 12/22/2016

    • 8 min

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