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Good sightseeing

City art exhibits offer variety of religious art

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.

Women� by David Lee Csicsko at  Loyola
“Women” by David Lee Csicsko at Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago.

New York City
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.

Chicago
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 Fall.”

“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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