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Loyola University Museum of Art Explores
Power and Forgiveness in Upcoming Exhibitions
Collections Feature Spanish Colonial Art
and the Confessionals of Italy

CHICAGO, August 11, 2016–Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) will welcome two exhibitions this fall, both opening on August 20. Traveling exhibition Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art highlights religious art generated by thriving networks of artistic production and distribution in the Spanish colonial Caribbean. Marcella Hackbardt: True Confessionals is a series of photographs that documents confessional booths in cathedrals and churches throughout Italy.

Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art
Although geographically and politically distant from Mexico City, Lima, or Cuzco—the great capitals of Spanish viceregal art—the Spanish colonial Caribbean facilitated the vigorous trade of religious art. The area served as a hub for transatlantic commerce, and the religious art from the region was extremely important in the context of Spanish-American artistic production and exchange. A total of 56 works are presented, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, and silver, as well as Asian luxury objects produced for the Spanish-American market. The wide range of objects showcase the scope and finesse of the artistic endeavors of local masters. The exhibition is organized in three sections: art for the church, religious art at home, and art for personal devotion.

Power & Piety is drawn from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and is co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. The exhibition closes on November 12.

Marcella Hackbardt: True Confessionals
This series of photographs of confessional booths documents cathedrals and churches throughout the cities of Italy. Using natural light and straightforward framing, each photograph is a study in aesthetics and formal design. The confessional is a site laden with meaning and intentionality, such as the hope or promise of forgiveness, and the quest for understanding through the sharing of one’s life stories. The exhibition closes on January 8, 2017.

Marcella Hackbardt’s photography is informed by objects and gestures infused with symbolism. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Most recently, Hackbardt’s book project titled Various Unbaked Cookies was included in an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in New York and Paris and at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, Germany.

Public Programming
Throughout September and October, LUMA is hosting a series of events accompanying the fall season of exhibitions. Programming includes an artist talk lead by Marcella Hackbardt, a film screening, and numerous lectures with renowned Chicago curators and academics. To view a full schedule of events, visit LUC.edu/luma.

About 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. The museum is dedicated to helping people of all creeds explore the roots of their faith and spiritual quests. The museum is located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, and occupies the first three floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Michigan Avenue. For more information, please visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.

LUMA now has new hours: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission is free on Tuesdays. General Admission is $9, $6 for seniors, and $3 for non-Loyola students under 25 with ID. Admission is free with proper identification to members; Loyola faculty, staff, and students; clergy members; employees of other museums; youth 17 and under; and active military members and their families. 

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