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New Exhibition Explores the Impact of Jesuits and Women Religious

Features treasured objects, maps, textiles, and art

CHICAGO, June 25, 2014 – The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) presents Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814–2014 from July 19 to October 19, 2014.

Using historical maps, art, broadsheets, books, liturgical objects, and textiles, Crossings and Dwellings tells the story of 19th-century European Jesuits and women religious who arrived on the country’s expanding western frontier to serve both indigenous and immigrant populations. The exhibition marks the 200th anniversary of the Jesuit Restoration and a century of women’s education at Loyola-Mundelein.

For the first time, these historical and artistic objects are coming together in one exhibition. The objects include a pair of celestial and terrestrial globes by Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571–1638), pencil drawings by Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799–1868), maps drawn by Pierre Jean De Smet, S.J. (1801-1873), and liturgical objects, such as the chalice of Sébastien-Louis Meurin, S.J. (1707-1777), a cope made by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ (1769-1852), and vestments created by indigenous people and presented to De Smet.

Crossings and Dwellings also examines the pioneering role of the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in building Chicago educational institutions, including several schools in Holy Family Parish, Immaculata High School, and Mundelein College.

The exhibition is curated by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., professor at Loyola University Chicago, and Ellen Skerrett, Chicago historian and author. Crossings and Dwellings is sponsored by Loyola’s Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage and supported by Loyola’s Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.

The exhibition will conclude with a conference at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus on October 16-18, 2014. Details are available here.

For more information on the exhibition, including videos and an interactive walk-through, visit LUC.edu/crossings.

Public Programming

All events take place at LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

From Hardscrabble to the Fifth Floor of City Hall: Irish-American Writers in Chicago
Tuesday, August 5, 6 p.m.

Dr. Bill Savage of Northwestern University’s Department of English will look at the work of three Irish-American writers—Finley Peter Dunne, James T. Farrell, and Tony Fitzpatrick—in his exploration of the complexities of Irish identity in Chicago. Admission is $4 for the public and free for LUMA members and Loyola students, faculty, and staff.

After Hours Office Hours: Meet the Profs
Tuesday, September 2, 6 p.m.

Join us for an evening with Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Loyola professor and specialist in 19th- and 20th-century France; and Kyle Roberts, assistant professor of public history and new media at Loyola. They will discuss topics presented in Crossings and Dwellings, especially immigrant communities and indigenous exchanges. Admission is free.

“What Shall We Teach Our Daughters?” Lucy Flower and Saint Mary High Schools’ Experiment with Urban Education in Post-Haymarket Chicago
Tuesday, September 16, 6 p.m.

Dr. Rima Lunin Schultz, co-editor of Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, will analyze two approaches to educating immigrant girls and reveal surprising conclusions about progressive reformers and Roman Catholic women religious in their respective efforts to equip immigrant women for survival and leadership in the modern world. Admission is $4 for the public and free for LUMA members and Loyola students, faculty, and staff.

New Frontiers: The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, September 23, 6 p.m.

Dr. Ann Harrington, BVM, professor emerita at Loyola and author of Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1919-1943, will briefly summarize BVM history and discuss the order’s connection with the Jesuits, the city of Chicago, Mundelein College, and Loyola University. She will shed light on images of these remarkable women found in Crossings and Dwellings. Admission is $4 for the public and free for LUMA members and Loyola students, faculty, and staff.

Saving a Great Lakes Homeland: Andrew Blackbird, Christianity, and the Ottawa People
Tuesday, October 7, 6 p.m.

Through historical and contemporary images, Loyola Professor Theodore Karamanski will tell the story of how the Ottawa people of Michigan avoided ethnic cleansing by the United States and endured in their Great Lakes homeland. He will highlight the role of Andrew J. Blackbird, an Ottawa tribe leader and historian. Dr. Karamanski will also discuss the importance of education and Christianity as tools of Indian resistance. Admission is $4 for the public and free for LUMA members and Loyola students, faculty, and staff.

About LUMA
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.

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