December 5, 2013
Enjoy Jesuit Art, Early Fridays at SLUMA
The Saint Louis University Museum of Art recently received three long-awaited exhibits.
The much-anticipated Collection of Western Jesuit Missions is on permanent loan from the Jesuits of the Missouri Province, and the collection is displayed throughout the entirety of the third floor of the museum. Priceless liturgical items include pre-French Revolution era silver and Baroque era devotional art brought to the United States by Pierre-Jean DeSmet, S.J. Rooms illustrating Jesuit daily life at the seminary are complemented by exhibits reflective of Catholic life in St. Louis.
This collection features the original altar built by Jesuit craftsmen for the novitiate for the Saint Stanislaus Seminary. The collection also houses rare Blaeu terrestrial and celestial globes and artifacts from the missionary experience of DeSmet and his Jesuit brothers among the Native Americans of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. The collection as a whole is indicative of the spirit of the times surrounding the Jesuit Seminary at Saint Stanislaus between 1823-1971. The exhibit runs indefinitely.
The first floor of the museum houses a group exhibition from the Contemporary American Jesuit Artists. The exhibition highlights work created by Jesuit artists ordained in the United States. Reflecting contemporary Catholic imagination as well as ancient religious themes, the Contemporary American Jesuit Artists exhibition mirrors the vibrant interests of the Society of Jesus in America and its work among the faithful and the marginalized. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, August 13.
Doctors of the Church, by Ann Torrini, will be on display in the Works on Paper Gallery 213. "Doctor of the Church" is a title bestowed by a pope on a canonized saint to recognize a high degree of personal sanctity, learning and great service to the Church. The 33 Doctors of the Church lived from the third to the late 19th century. Torrini's iconic portraits reflect the life and times of each doctor. This unique series is briefly on loan from the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kan., and runs through Sunday, May 25.
The three exhibits are available for viewing during regular museum hours: 12-4 p.m. Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, except Fridays. The museum is located at 3663 Lindell Blvd.
For more information about the exhibits or the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, call Eve Gilman at (314) 977-6630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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