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Art and Artifacts Represent Religious Deities From Around the World

CHICAGO, March 27, 2006 The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) announces the opening of its newest exhibition, The Gods As We Shape Them, from the collection of Dr. May Weber, a well-known and long-time collector of ethnographic art and artifacts. The exhibition, which includes more than 150 examples of art and artifacts from around the world, illustrates how various cultures and faiths depict their religious deities and shape visual impressions of their gods. The Gods As We Shape Them opens on April 8 and runs until September 10, 2006.

The collection includes textiles, paintings and functional objects from the Weber Collection of Cultural Arts and will be on display in five galleries throughout the museum. The material reflects both ancient and contemporary cultures from across the globe. The faiths and indigenous cultures represented are from Australia, China, India, Japan, the Pacific Islands, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Italy, France, the Iberian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, sub-Saharan Africa and North and South America.

“Man’s compelling desire to master the trials of everyday life and to assert a measure of control over destiny leads us to shape our gods in ways that help us worship and appeal to them,” said Dr. Weber. “The long history of the forms that we choose to represent our gods is the story of shapes and practices arrived at by group agreement in harmony with community and cultural convention. It is the story of endlessly inventive, emotionally charged thought.”

The exhibition is designed to show similarities and differences between cultures, and reflects Dr. Weber’s belief that every object, regardless of its use, has a valuable story to tell about the maker.

Public Programs:
Docent Tours

Held daily at noon and 2 p.m.; Free with admission

Sculpting the Spiritual Realm in Indonesia
Wednesday, April 12 at noon
$25 (members) / $35 (non-members)
Reservations are required. Please call 312.915.7630 or e-mail luma@luc.edu.

Join us for our second Lunch at LUMA with Loyola professor of anthropology, Kathleen Adams. In many Indonesian societies, the artistic, spiritual and political realms are closely connected. This slide lecture explores how visions of self, social relations and the gods are embodied in the arts of groups such as the Toraja in the Sulawesi highlands of Indonesia.

Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Reservations are strongly suggested. Please call 312.915.7630 or e-mail luma@luc.edu.

Walkabout is a hypnotic, nearly dialogue-free, film about siblings marooned in the Australian outback who are befriended by a young aborigine on his “walkabout.” This coming-of-age drama has stunning cinematography (1971).

About LUMA
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:

The Gods As We Shape Them – April 8 – September 10
The Missing Peace: The Dalai Lama Portrait Project – October 28, 2006 – January 15, 2007

LUMA Mission Statement – Art Illuminating the Spirit
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 and 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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