On Saturday, March 2, the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) unveiled its three exhibitions for the spring: Graven Images: Marc Chagall’s Bible Illustrations, The Truth is in the Telling: Tradition and Innovation in Passover Haggadot from the Stephen P. Durchslag Collection, and Lewis Kostiner: Choosing Fatherhood—A Photographic Journey. All three exhibitions will remain open through June 2, 2013.

Graven Images: Marc Chagall’s Bible Illustrations
Born in Vitebsk, Belarus, into a traditional Hasidic Jewish culture with no tradition of art, Marc Chagall developed into one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century. In Chicago, he is best known for stained glass windows at the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as The Four Seasons mosaic at 10 South Dearborn Street. Few people recognize that Chagall was also a highly skilled printmaker, having learned the technique while residing in Germany in the 1920s. Chagall’s The Bible Series represents his finest work in the print medium. When completed in 1957, the modern art critic Clement Greenberg extolled his prints as the finest by a modern artist, better even than the prints of Pablo Picasso.

The Truth is in the Telling: Tradition and Innovation in Passover Haggadot from the Stephen P. Durchslag Collection
This exhibition highlights the Haggadah, the book that for five centuries has told the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. The story recounts the journey of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the present moment. It is read aloud by Jews throughout the world at the traditional ritual meal of the Seder and is one of the most frequently published books around the globe. Pesach Weinstein curated the exhibition that was shown in 2012 at the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery at the University of Chicago. LUMA’s presentation includes additional volumes for a total of 52 Haggadot (plural of Haggadah).

Lewis Kostiner: Choosing Fatherhood—A Photographic Journey
On view in the Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. Works on Paper Gallery, Choosing Fatherhood features a selection of photographs from Chicagoan Lewis Kostiner’s photographic project of the same name. These works explore how fathers are involved in their children’s lives. Between 2007 and 2009, the artist traveled to 17 American cities, meeting families and photographing scenes that allude to the important roles of the fathers he met.

In addition to these exhibitions, the museum will host a number of public programs throughout the spring. For a full list of programs, click here. For more on the exhibitions, visit LUC.edu/luma.

Image Credit: (detail) Marc Chagall, The Passover Feast (detail; from The Bible Series), 1957, hand-colored etching, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Haggerty, collection of the Haggerty Musem of Art, Marquette University 80.7.96. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.