Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in art history from George Washington University, is a former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (2014). His website is menachemwecker.com.
More than 30 years after that inaugural exhibition at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, a lot has changed. Scholars use rather different language today than the catalog did to describe indigenous peoples, and in 2006, the institution changed its name to the National Museum of Mexican Art.
The museum on the campus of St. Louis University is celebrating its anniversary with a special exhibition through Feb. 17. Since its opening, MOCRA has shown more than 55 exhibits of some 230 artists and contributed to a shift in the dialogue about religion's place in contemporary art.
Perspective: When Catholics today are deciding what place, if any, they want and crave in the church, and what the church will look like going forward, I think the church's rich art history can help look beyond the individual offenders and take a wide-angle view of the faith more broadly.
Non-Catholics talk to NCR about the challenges and unique opportunities they experience while teaching at Catholic colleges and universities.