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Carlos Saura: Flamenco Photographs Set to Debut on February 17

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2006 The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) announces plans for its second exhibition, “Carlos Saura: Flamenco.” The exhibit, sponsored by The Instituto Cervantes and created by Cìrculo del Arte as part of a city-wide Chicago celebration of flamenco from January 23 – February 24, opens at LUMA on February 17 and runs until March 26, 2006. To celebrate the debut of the exhibition here in Chicago, noted film director and photographer, Carlos Saura is scheduled to attend the opening night festivities.

In the exhibit, Saura visually captures the world of flamenco dance and music in 95 black and white photographs executed between 1950 and 2000. The photos illustrate in high contrast, the discipline and collaboration of dancers and musicians as they rehearse and perform. Famous and legendary flamenco artists like Camarón, Paco de Lucia, Cristina Hoyos and Farruquito are immortalized by Saura, whose photographic vocation started when he was just ten years old.

“Saura’s black and white photographs leap the boundaries of our vision, as the images of the flamenco dancers and musicians in rehearsal, in performance and at rest come to life for us,” says Pamela Ambrose, director of cultural affairs, LUMA. “Kinesthetically, we imagine the color and sound. This exhibition reveals the source of Saura’s early eye as a still photographer and his subsequent transition to the exquisite composition of each frame in his cinematography.”

The roots of flamenco can be traced back to the late 15th century when a decree in 1492 by Catholic-Spanish King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella mandated everyone living under their domain convert to Catholicism. Born from the expression of a persecuted people, most notably the Gypsies of Southern Spain, flamenco’s unique blend of influences and musical complexity can be attributed to the consequences of this proclamation which was issued under the threat of varying degrees of punishment, the most severe being the death penalty, by fire. It was in this political environment that a variety of cultural groups began to express their repression, resistance and sadness through song and dance as a source of inner personal liberation.

In honor of the exhibition, LUMA will inaugurate its new “Lunch at LUMA” program, produce a gallery brochure of the history of flamenco and play host to two public programs, including:

* Flamenco Passion: A night of Spanish libations and dancing.
Wednesday, February 22 – 6:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor galleries

* Lunch at LUMA: “El Cante” is King: A Spanish-themed lunch followed by a lecture and performance by Tomás de Utrera.
Wednesday, March 22 – 12:00 p.m. in the William and Marilyn Simpson Education Hall

For more information on any of these programs listed, please call 312-915-7600.

In October 2005, LUMA became Chicago’s newest museum with 27,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum, located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, occupies the main floor (street level), 2nd and 3rd floors of Loyola’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile. Beginning 2007, LUMA will house the Martin D’Arcy Collection of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art which is being moved from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus where it was on display for the past 35 years. Other exhibitions scheduled at LUMA in 2006 include:

* Arts Botanica – March 12-17
* Living Drawings: Recent Works by Hunter O’Reilly – March 12 – June 4
* The Gods As We Shape Them – April 7 – September 10
* Land and Sea: DoDo Jin Ming – April 8 – May 28
* The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama – October 28, 2006 – January 15, 2007

LUMA Mission Statement – Art Illuminating the Spirit

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2006 The Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression that attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, Loyola University Museum of Art reflects the University’s Jesuit Mission and is dedicated to helping men and women of all creeds explore the roots of their own faith and spiritual quest.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.




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