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Loyola University Museum of Art Honored as One of Only Three U.S. Exhibitors
CHICAGO, April 11, 2006 The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) has been selected as one of three United States museums to showcase the traveling exhibit, The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama. Set to debut October 28, 2006, the exhibition will run through January 15, 2007.
Organized by The Committee of 100 for Tibet (C100) and The Dalai Lama Foundation (DLF), the exhibition features the work of 77 international artists representing 21 countries. These celebrated and emerging artists have executed works of art based on His Holiness and the themes of compassion, harmony, unity in all things and spirituality through traditional art disciplines, electronic media and performance. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photography, installations and videos. In addition to LUMA, the exhibit will also travel to the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (June 11-September 10, 2006) and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (March 2-September 4, 2007).
“No thoughtful individual would deny that in our volatile world, achieving peace, both politically and personally, is challenging, but of the utmost importance,” said Pamela Ambrose, director of cultural affairs, LUMA. “In this exhibition, the visual artists come together and use their creativity to call attention to how all of us can do more to incorporate tolerance, compassion and understanding in our daily lives. Many of the works suggest that we stop, step back, breathe in and contemplate what is important in life’s cycle of living and dying.”
Artists such as Bill Viola, Mike and Doug Starn, Sylvie Fleury, El Anatsui, Chuck Close and a number of others are part of the exhibition. All of the works have been donated by the artists and will be auctioned to raise funds for the peace initiatives of the DLF and the C100. The Dalai Lama, who has met with The Missing Peace organizers on several occasions, supports the project and will be lending a work of art from his personal collection. As the Chicago host, LUMA will be organizing a number of educational programs coinciding with the exhibit, as well as a gala opening on October 26, at which the Compassion In Action Award will be presented to a Chicago resident who has worked with motivation and compassionate concern for the well-being of others, world peace, ecology and global responsibility.
About the Exhibition Organizers
The Committee of 100 for Tibet (C100), founded in 1992, is comprised of one hundred thinkers, innovators, leaders and Nobel Prize laureates from around the world. C100 runs two major programs, The Missing Peace and the Self-Determination Initiative, which focuses on the Tibetan peoples’ right to self-determination. www.c100tibet.org
The Dalai Lama Foundation (DLF), founded in 2002, supports the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace. The DLF runs three initiatives: a free study guide and study circles on ethics and peace based on The Dalai Lama’s book, Ethics for a New Millennium, online courses on ethics and peace topics and curricula for The Missing Peace. www.dalailamafoundation.org.
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.
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.
Editor’s Note:Participating Artists: Marina Abramovic, Seyed Alavi, Laurie Anderson, Ken Aptekar, Jane Alexander, Richard Avedon, Kirsten Bahrs Janssen, Chase Bailey, Sanford Biggers, Phil Borges, Tayseer Baraket, Dove Bradshaw, Guy Buffet, Dario Campanile, Constantino Ciervo, Long Bin Chen, Christo, Andy Cao, Bernard Cosey, Santiago Cucullu, Bihn Danh, Lewis de Soto, Filippo di Sambuy, Rupert Garcia, Fairbrook and Fox, Spencer Finch, Sylvie Fleury, El Anatsui, Louis Fox, Adam Fuss, Juan Galdeano, Richard Gere, Losang Gyatso, Jim Hodges, Hijan and David Hodge, Jenny Holzer, Robin Garthwait & Griffin, Tri Huu Luu, Ichi Ikeda, Yoko Inoue, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Robert and Shana Parke Harrison, Chuck Close, Tom Nakashima, Gabriela Morawetz, Michele Oka Doner, Susan Plum, Tenzing Rigdol, Sebastiao Salgado, Salustiano Garcia, Andra Samelson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Kim Sooja, Pat Steir, Hoang Van Bui, Bill Viola, Inkie Whang, Katarina Wong, Negishi Yoshiro, Kisho Mukaiyama, Jesal Kapadia, Mike and Doug Starn, Dang Ngo, Adriana Varejao, Era and Don Farnsworth, Doris Doerrie, Rosemary Rawcliffe, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Yumyo Miyasaka, Anish Kapoor, Nefeli Massia, Tenzin Tethong, Shepardson, Arlene Shechet, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Thomas Laird, William Wiley, Michal Rovner and Squeak Canrwath.