Museum of Biblical Art, New York City

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The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) was a Museum in New York; it closed in 2015.

MOBIA was a non-collecting institution dedicated to exploration of the Bible's legacy in Jewish and Christian art. Started in 1997 as an art gallery at the American Bible Society building in New York, the museum became an independent entity on May 12, 2005.

The museum aimed to become a nationally recognized center of expertise on art and the Bible, while maintaining a secular distance from its subject. Although it grew out of the American Bible Society and was subsidized by that organization, it was not a religious institution and took no stand on religion itself. Rather, MOBIA hoped to open dialogue on a subject it considered under-explored, the influence of religion on art, by providing exhibits and educational programs to visitors.

In April 2015, the museum announced it would be closing in June after failing to find a new space. The institution had been paying only $1 in rent on its space in the headquarters of the American Bible Society, but the latter's impending move to Philadelphia made the continuation of that arrangement impossible.
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  • It's a far cry from a museum. It's housed in the American Bible Society's offices. It's basically a themed art show case. I did enjoy the gallery and artist who made it possible but calling it a...  more »
  • I've seen several wonderful exhibits here, and was saddened to learn it will close in June. I'm surprised that I haven't seen anything about it in the media. Perhaps someone would have intervened to.....  more »
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  • This is a small museum near Columbus Circle - a bit hidden. Exhibitions are surprisingly well done. Current exhibition of African - American art influenced by Biblical narratives and African American religious traditions is amazing. Small, concentrated, and illuminating. Thanks to Leslie King Hammond for curating another great show!
  • Fabulous show on contemporary garden of eden. Museum is small, convenient, has a good café in a modern décor....I really liked it.

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