Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago
CHICAGO, April 26, 2006 — The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) presents Fr. Andrew M. Greeley, noted Chicago author, as part of the museum's Spring Lecture Series.
The lecture, entitled "Images of God," is organized in conjunction with LUMA's current exhibition, The Gods As We Shape Them. Fr. Greeley's lecture will focus on the subject of religious imagination and the arts and will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at LUMA in the William B. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall at 820 N. Michigan Avenue. Museum admission is free on Tuesdays and the cost of the lecture is $5. Fr. Greeley will also be signing his most recent books, "The Making of the Pope 2005" (Little, Brown and Company), "Irish Crystal" (Forge) and "The Bishop In The Old Neighborhood" (Forge). The books will be available for sale at LUMA. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 312-915-7630.
Fr. Greeley is considered to be one of the most influential Catholic thinkers and writers of our time. A priest, sociologist, author and journalist, he has built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career that spans five decades. Translated in more than 12 languages, Fr. Greeley's work includes over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction. Currently, he is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Fr. Greeley is a respected scholar, whose current research focuses on the sociology of religion.
About the Exhibition
The Gods As We Shape Them is an exhibition from the collection of Dr. May Weber, a well-known and long-time collector of ethnographic art and artifacts. The exhibition, which includes more than 150 examples of art and artifacts from around the world, illustrates how various cultures and faiths depict their religious deities and shape visual impressions of their gods.
The collection includes textiles, paintings and functional objects from the Weber Collection of Cultural Arts and will be on display in five galleries throughout the museum. The material reflects both ancient and contemporary cultures from across the globe. The faiths and indigenous cultures represented are from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania.
Opened in 2005, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminatesthe 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!