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Loyola University Museum of Art Highlights Buddhism-Inspired Art and Philosophy
Three Lectures Complement Spiritual Exhibitions on Display Until November 3
CHICAGO, September 9, 2013 – The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) will present three lecturers–an author, an artist, and a scholar–who will discuss their unique Buddhism-inspired stories, artwork, and philosophy. The lectures complement LUMA’s current exhibitions: Andra Samelson: Cosmologies, Ten Thousand Ripples, and All That Lies Beyond Us.
Dakini Power: Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Buddhism in the West
Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.
Michaela Haas, author of Dakini Power, will present the life stories of some of the most accomplished female Buddhist teachers in the West with an engaging slide show recounting stories of courage, wisdom, and determination. Haas is an author, lecturer, and consultant who has practiced Buddhism for nearly 20 years. She traveled around the world in search of these biographies.
Meet the Artist: Indira Johnson
Tuesday, September 17, 6 p.m.
Indira Freitas Johnson will discuss Ten Thousand Ripples, a major city-wide public art and peace initiative. Rooted in the belief that art can be a catalyst for social change, this exhibition has been a powerful and profound reminder that peace is possible despite the violence that surrounds us. Placed in communities from the far south side of Chicago to the north in Evanston, Johnson’s 100 emerging Buddha head sculptures have sparked dialogue about the obstacles that keep us apart and the commonality that binds us together.
Buddhism, Transcendence, and the Urban Landscape
Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Asma from Columbia College will talk about the way Buddhism breaks down the traditional religious tension between spiritual and mundane reality. Mindful meditation transforms everyday experience into spiritual exercise. Asma will discuss the way in which Indira Johnson’s Ten Thousand Ripples community art project exemplifies the Buddhist message of transcendental everydayness.
All lectures take place at 820 N. Michigan Avenue. Admission is $4 for the public and free for LUMA members and the Loyola community. For more information on LUMA’s current exhibitions or upcoming lectures, call 312.915.7600 or visit LUC.edu/luma.
Opened in 2005, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions 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 people of all creeds explore the roots of their faith and spiritual quests. Located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, the museum occupies the first three floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.
Art illuminating the spirit!