Kick off the summer months by stopping into the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) for a whirlwind look of art from across the world. This May, LUMA is featuring a handful of lectures that explore different elements of art and spirituality, each one focusing on a different region of the world.

“We hope [peoples’ minds] are stimulated and that they have a better understanding of the roles that LUMA can play in their lives,” says Ann Meehan, curator of education at LUMA.

She adds that these exhibitions demonstrate how Jesuit values can be evident in everyday life.

“For example, the ‘Tea with the Jesuits’ program gives participants the chance to meet with a Jesuit intellectual and it speaks to one of the missions of the University: social justice. So we fulfill both the LUMA mission and the University mission with these programs,” Meehan says.

On May 3, Kevin Flaherty, S.J., director of Jesuit formation at Loyola, will host “Tea with the Jesuits” from 3-4:30 p.m. Fr. Flaherty will discuss the history of a Jesuit-staffed urban parish in Lima, Peru that hosts a largely immigrant population and how the ministries addressed the need of this specific population. Fr. Flaherty himself worked with this parish for 20 years. The lecture is free with museum admission.

The magnificence of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay can overshadow some of the smaller and more intimate galleries in Paris. On May 7, at 6 p.m., LUMA is featuring “Small Museums of Paris: Musées Moreau, Rodin, and Zadkine,” where Christophe Boïcos, Parisian gallerist and professor of art history in American universities abroad, will talk about these smaller museums that are each dedicated to a single artist. Often times these small museums are housed in the artist’s own residence and studio, so patrons can experience the art in its place of origin. Boïcos will look at the museums and works of Gustave Moreau, Auguste Rodin, and Ossip Zadkine and how these artists attempted to bring spiritual and mythical values back to art. “Small Museums of Paris” is $15 for general admission and $5 for members and Loyola students, staff, and faculty.

On May 14, art historian and Loyola alumna Michelle Paluch-Mishur, PhD, will give a presentation called “Chagall’s America Windows: Theme and Process” that looks at Marc Chagall’s stained glass windows in the Art Institute of Chicago. She will explore the themes of the windows and discuss the technical process of transforming the designs from paper into the actual windows themselves. Paulch-Mishur’s presentation is an extension of LUMA’s current exhibition, Graven Images: Marc Chagall’s Bible Illustrations, which showcases some of Chagall’s print work. This presentation begins at 6 p.m. and is free for members and Loyola students, staff, and faculty, and $4 for general admission.

RSVP for any of these events by e-mailing or calling 312.915.7608.

For a full listing of LUMA events, please click here. Also, be sure to check out LUMA’s webpage for more information about current and future exhibitions.