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Lunch with LUMA

2013 Spring semester The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, in collaboration with Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), introduced‌ a new luncheon program called Lunch with Luma. These informal conversations with LUMA staff provide an opportunity for the Lake Shore Campus faculty to learn more about museum programs, collections, recent acquisitions, and notable events at LUMA. CCIH provides space and lunch. Please contact us for more information.


Will be announced soon.


The Retablos at The Hank Center
Friday, January 25, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

A conversation with Loyola University Museum of Art curators about the history and significance of the XIX century Mexican devotional paintings. By invitation or faculty request.
Cuneo Hall, room 425, Lake Shore Campus, LUC.

Retablos, 19th century, Artist unknown, Mexican, Oil on tin
Gift of Jennifer and Isaac Goldman, 2012-13

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Lunch with LUMA: Edward Gorey: The Cautionary Tale and Unlikely Redemption

Lunch with LUMA: Edward Gorey: The Cautionary Tale and Unlikely Redemption

Wednesday, 26 February 2014
11:30AM - 12:45PM
4th Floor, Klarchek Information Commons
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

By invitation only! Please contact CCIH (catheritage@luc.edu) for more information.

Pamela Ambrose, Loyola's Director of Cultural Affairs will discuss the work of author and illustrator Edward Gorey and the current LUMA exhibitions Elegant Enigmas: the Art of Edward Gorey, organized by the Edward Gorey Trust, and G is for Gorey-C for Chicago: the Collection of Thomas Michalak.

Edward Gorey is well known for his work as a teller of the cautionary tale, reminiscent of the emphasis on teaching life lessons in fairy tales, and in parables from the Bible. Edward Gorey's work often focuses on the unfairness of life, the random accident, and the penalties we might suffer for daring. Using examples of his work, Ambrose builds a case for Edward Gorey to be interpreted in the spiritual context of both the Christian parable of the New Testament and Zen literary practices to further a Buddhist spiritual advancement.

Lunch with LUMA: The History of the Reformation in Six Cups

Lunch with LUMA F13 - Reformation in Six Cups

Lunch with LUMA

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
11:30am - 12:45pm
Cuneo Hall, Room 425
Open to faculty (RSVP Required)

A History of the Reformation in Six Cups

A talk with LUMA Curator Jonathan Canning

With the acquisition this summer of a late sixteenth-century silver Anglican communion cup, the university’s Martin D’Arcy, S.J. Collection can now tell the story of the Reformation through six cups.

Firstly, LUMA’s fourteenth-century Sienese chalice embodies the Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation promulgated by the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Its deep tulip-shaped bowl and broad stabilizing base safeguarded the wine that upon consecration became the very Blood of Christ. The D’Arcy abounds with painted, sculpted, and embroidered images of chalices with similar profiles in the hands of angels at the Crucifixion.

In emulation of the domestic setting of Christ’s Last Supper, Anglicans adopted a type of covered cup to be found on their own dinner tables. The deep cylindrical bowl of LUMA’s 1582 Anglican communion cup is similar to that of a German covered cup also in the collection.

A commanding silver gilt chalice by the late seventeenth-century Augsburg silversmith Hans Jacob Ernst attests to the Catholic Church’s reassertion of doctrine. Red and white enamel plaques depict scenes from the Passion, including an image of an angel presenting Christ with a chalice of suffering in Garden of Gethsemane.

Two chalices tell the story of Catholicism in Anglican Britain. Both retain the traditional Catholic form adapted to the style of their times. The English Chalice bears an inscription recording its presentation in 1684 by the recusant Lady Rockwood to the college of Jesuits that secretly ministered to Catholics in eastern England. The chalice bears no hallmarks to protect the identity of the silversmith should it have been discovered by the authorities. In 1724, Peter Browne presented a chalice to the Dominican house on his estate at Burrishoole, County Mayo. The Protestant Anglo-Irish authorities closed the priory and seized it property, including this chalice, later that century.

Look for the announcement of the Anglican communion cup’s installation at LUMA later in the fall.


The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
Loyola University Chicago · Lake Shore Campus: 1032 West Sheridan Road · Cuneo Hall, Room 428 · Chicago, Illinois 60660 · Tel: 773.508.3820 · Fax: 773.508.3829

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