If summer travels—pleasure or work—take you to
one of these cities, consider a visit to these excellent exhibits of
art on religious themes. All are located in downtown areas, close to
other cultural attractions. Or if you call one of these cities home,
take time off to explore the nearby show. Any one will add a special
dimension to your day.
New York City
|“Women” by David Lee Csicsko at Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago.|
Museum of Biblical Art/MOBIA
“The Christian Story: Five Asian Artists Today”
features paintings by contemporary artists from China, Thailand,
Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Some encountered resistance to their embrace
of Christianity in societies where the faith is suspect. All have
developed unique ways of interpreting biblical themes in relation to
their cultures, with adaptations in setting, style, dress and symbols.
Paintings include “Baby Moses,” “Nativity,” “Not My Will But Thine” and “Night inGethsemane.”June 8-Sept. 23, 2007.
1865 Broadway, Manhattan, 212-408-1500.
Loyola University Museum of Art/LUMA“David Lee Csicsko: Sacred Visions in Art and Design”
includes mosaics, photographs, original drawings for windows, prints,
woodcuts, models and some actual windows of the Chicago artist known
for his designs of leaded-glass windows.
Of particular interest
are windows designed for African American churches that meld
traditional images of saints and Scripture with a contemporary urban
look. Themes include “Mary at Cross,” “Nailed to Cross” and “Second
“Art illuminating the spirit” is the mission of the
museum at the Roman Catholic university, which presents exhibits on
diverse faiths and topics. June 16-Aug. 26, 2007.
820 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-7600.Article also includes exhibits in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
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