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LUMA Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary
Cocktail Party, Free Admission Days, and Themed Programs Part of Celebration

CHICAGO, August 18, 2010 – The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) will celebrate its fifth anniversary this fall and offer free admission for five days, from October 6–10. The museum will also host activities on these days that highlight the five major faiths. Programming plans include a meditation class, candlelit tours of the Martin D’Arcy Collection of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, a gentle yoga class, a performance by Indigo, and a performance by Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band. Anniversary festivities kick-off with a cocktail party on Saturday, October 2, that will feature international food and drink from prominent Chicago restaurants.

Since opening in 2005, with exhibitions and educational programs focused on the spiritual in art, LUMA has positioned itself in the Loyola and Chicago communities as a learning hub for people of all ages and all faiths. That commitment continues this fall, as the museum unveils Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, on Saturday, August 21. This very timely exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, November 14.

“It’s hard to believe it has been five years since we opened,” said Pamela Ambrose, LUMA’s director. “You know the old saying, ‘Time flies when you’re having fun.’ It’s true! The last five years have been fun, but very challenging fun. This anniversary celebration is very special for us, and it’s fitting that we will host the Pilgrimage and Faith exhibition during our celebration, as it perfectly illustrates LUMA’s mission to explore the spiritual through art of all faiths and cultures. It is our gift to the City of Chicago and the great diversity of our city.”

About Pilgrimage and Faith

Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam examines the history, material culture, and continuing tradition of pilgrimage in three of the world’s leading faiths. Various segments of the exhibition will represent the devotional creativity of different cultures over the centuries. The exhibition contains objects from LUMA’s own renowned Martin D’Arcy Collection of Christian art, along with important loans from leading museum collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard Art Museums, the Newark Museum of Art, and the Rubin Museum of Art, as well as Chicago’s own Art Institute and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Rising wealth around the globe and modern modes of transportation have given greater numbers of the faithful the chance to undertake a pilgrimage. In examining the tradition of the pilgrimage in three faiths, Pilgrimage and Faith encourages an understanding among these communities of shared devotional practices and fosters an appreciation for the artistic creativity associated with those practices.

“Since LUMA’s grand opening in 2005, it has always been, and continues to be, a museum with an interest in education and educational programming,” said Ambrose. “This exhibition will present a context for the ideas most often connected with the individual’s quest for spiritual healing, atonement, enlightenment, and transformation.”

Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam at LUMA is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

*Anniversary Celebration Program Details

Fifth Anniversary Celebration Cocktail Party
Saturday, October 2
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue
RSVP to 312.915.7630

Candlelit Tours of the Martin D’Arcy Collection by Master Docents (Christianity)
October 6–8
6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.

LUMA docents will lead candlelit tours of the Martin D’Arcy Collection. Walk through the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque galleries and see the art with new eyes, viewing the work as it would have been seen when it was created hundreds of years ago.

Gentle Yoga (Hinduism)
Saturday, October 9
1 p.m.

Join us for 45 minutes of gentle yoga led by an instructor from the Sivananda Yoga Center. Learn about the history of yoga and enjoy this slow-paced class, which will be accessible to people of all sizes, ages, and fitness levels.

Mindful Meditation (Buddhism)
Saturday, October 9
2 p.m.

In this 30-minute class, led by an instructor from the Sivananda Yoga Center, learn techniques of mindful meditation that can greatly help in finding peace of mind and more contentment in our everyday lives.

A Performance by Indigo (Islam)
Sunday, October 10
3 p.m.

Take a contemporary look at Islam with a musical performance by Indigo, a dynamic Muslim duo from the Chicago streets. Combining a mix of hip-hop, singing, and poetry, Aaisha and Ameenah strive to change the music world by bringing a positive voice to their communities.

Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band (Judaism)
Sunday, October 10
4 p.m.

Klezmer, from Yiddish, etymologically from Hebrew k’li zemer, literally “vessels of song” is a musical tradition which parallels Hasidic and Ashkenazic Judaism. Around the 15th century, a tradition of secular (non-liturgical) Jewish music was developed by musicians called klezmorim or kleyzmurim. Join us for a performance by the Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band, which has entertained Chicagoans for more than 17 years.

All events will be held at the Loyola University Museum of Art (820 N. Michigan Avenue). Please RSVP to 312.915.7608 or luma@luc.edu.

*Pilgrimage and Faith Public Program Details

Opening Reception
Friday, September 10
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join LUMA to celebrate the opening of Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. RSVP by e-mail to luma@luc.edu or by phone at 312.915.7608. Free for members and $15 for non-members.

Pilgrimage: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—Teacher Workshop
Saturday, September 11 and Saturday, September 25
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

During this two-day workshop, the historic religious tradition of pilgrimages in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam will be explored through art and material culture. Scholars from Loyola University Chicago and College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts) will present a context for the ideas most often connected with the individual’s quest for spiritual healing, atonement, enlightenment, and transformation. Through an examination of past and present religious cultural artifacts and fine art, participants will understand the significance of the pilgrim’s journey. They will work collaboratively creating three art projects related to the faiths and will take home object-based lesson plans that can be adapted for the K–12 classroom. The cost is $100 for both days. 15 CPDUs are available, in addition to Lane Credit.

Renaissance Music by Ars Antigua
Tuesday, September 21, at 6 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Enjoy an hour-long concert by Ars Antigua with William Bauer (Renaissance violin), Jonathan Brodie and Rachel Gries (Renaissance violas), Jerry Fuller (violone), and Jeffrey Noonan (theorbo, lutes, and Renaissance guitar). The program will include masterpieces of Renaissance music featuring works by Holborne, Byrd, Schein, and others. $7 for members/$12 for non-members.

Cello and Piano Concert
Tuesday, September 28, at 6 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Enjoy a concert of works by Schumann, Grieg, and Shostakovich, with Daniel Morganstern on cello and Eric Larsen on piano.

Lunch at LUMA
September 29, October 20, and November 10
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Undertake pilgrimages to Tibet, Canterbury, and Mecca without ever leaving Chicago—or even forgoing lunch! In celebration of Pilgrimage and Faith, three scholars will discuss the art and spiritual objectives of pilgrimages in Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. For the entire series, the cost is $80 for members and $90 for non-members. Please RSVP to 312.915.7608 or luma@luc.edu.

Walk-thru of Pilgrimage and Faith with LUMA Curators
Tuesday, October 5, at 6 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Join us for a walk-thru with the exhibition’s co-curator, Jonathan Canning, and LUMA’s curator of education, Ann Meehan. Free admission.

Overtures of the Reed Pen: Arabic Calligraphy—Its History, Development, and Styles
Tuesday, October 12, at 6 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Master calligrapher Nihad Dukhan, PhD, will examine the history, development, techniques, and styles of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy. He will also touch upon its philosophical aspects and its intimate relationship to Qur’anic writing through examples of different styles from various periods and regions. Free for members/$4 for non-members.

Elvis (and George Washington) Lived Here
Tuesday, October 26, at 6 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Over 80 million visitors have toured George Washington’s Mount Vernon home since 1860. This year alone, Elvis’s Memphis home, Graceland, expects to welcome at least 600,000 visitors—including casual tourists and so-called “Presleyterians” who vow to make a pilgrimage to “the King’s” home at least once in their lives. In this talk, Amy Tyson, assistant professor of the history department at DePaul University, discusses the history of American pilgrimages to sites of popular culture—such as Graceland—and to other house museums that have become American patriotic “shrines.” Free for members/$4 for non-members.

Tashi Delek: An Evening of Tibetan Chanting, Dancing, and Singing
Tuesday, November 2, at 6 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

Celebrate the rich heritage of Tibet with an evening of sacred chants, dance, and music. Organized by the TIBETcenter, the program will feature sacred chants by Tibetan monks and cultural performances by Tibetan children and adults. Free for members/$4 for non-members.

Through the Three Journeys of the Hajj
Tuesday, November 9, at 6 p.m.
LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue

The Islamic pilgrimage, known as the Hajj, is a once-in-a-lifetime duty of every able Muslim. It is an experience of excitement and bitter struggle, a most intimate experience in a globally communal endeavor. Join us as Omer Mozaffar, from Loyola’s theology department, explores the steps, layers, and meanings of this journey, which he took in 1999. Free for members/$4 for non-members.

About LUMA
The Loyola University Museum of Art, opened in October 2005, 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, LUMA 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. Located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, the museum occupies the first, second, and third floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the museum’s Web site at www.LUC.edu/luma.

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