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Father Andrew M. Greenly to Lecture at Loyola University Museum of Art
CHICAGO, April 26, 2006 The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) presents Fr. Andrew M. Greeley, noted Chicago author, as part of the museum’s Spring Lecture Series.
The lecture, entitled “Images of God,” is organized in conjunction with LUMA’s current exhibition, The Gods As We Shape Them. Fr. Greeley’s lecture will focus on the subject of religious imagination and the arts and will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at LUMA in the William B. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall at 820 N. Michigan Avenue. Museum admission is free on Tuesdays and the cost of the lecture is $5. Fr. Greeley will also be signing his most recent books, “The Making of the Pope 2005” (Little, Brown and Company), “Irish Crystal” (Forge) and “The Bishop In The Old Neighborhood” (Forge). The books will be available for sale at LUMA. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 312-915-7630.
Fr. Greeley is considered to be one of the most influential Catholic thinkers and writers of our time. A priest, sociologist, author and journalist, he has built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career that spans five decades. Translated in more than 12 languages, Fr. Greeley’s work includes over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction. Currently, he is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Fr. Greeley is a respected scholar, whose current research focuses on the sociology of religion.
About the Exhibition
The Gods As We Shape Them is an exhibition 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 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 Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania.
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 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.