The Loyola University Museum of Art will recognize World AIDS Day with the symbolic deflation and re-inflation of Lewis deSoto's sculpture of the Buddha. The sculpture, Paranirvana, will be deflated on Thursday, November 30 and re-inflated on December 1 in a figurative statement of support of the international movement.
The rise and fall of the 25' x 6' high sculpture of the Buddha will take approximately 25 minutes, and visitors are invited to participate by writing "notes of hope" and placing them on the LUMA Peace Wall.
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Thursday, November 30, 2006 and Friday, December 1, 2006
Loyola University Museum of Art
820 North Michigan Avenue (Across the street from Water Tower Park)
Chicago, IL 60611
LUMA would like recognize the effort of individuals and organizations to help curb and cure AIDS throughout the world with the rise and fall of the Buddha, representing the contemplation of life, death, and renewal.
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!