LUMA at 10

10 years have flown by. Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) opened at 820 N. Michigan Ave. in 2005 with a mission to explore the spiritual in art of all faiths and cultures and to present the work of artists advocating for social justice. LUMA celebrates its tenth anniversary this fall with LUMA at 10: Greatest Hits, on view through October 11, a reprisal of its most successful and innovative exhibitions. 

More than 50 artists will have works on display, including Edward Gorey, Georges Rouault, and Andy Warhol. Warhol’s popular The Silver Clouds, comprised of floating helium-filled, pillow-like forms, will fill LUMA’s largest gallery. Greatest Hits will also showcase 10 years of gifts to the museum, many of which are works by Chicago artists.

“In 10 years, we have built strong roots in the community,” said Pam Ambrose, LUMA founding director. “We mount exhibitions visitors will not see at any other Chicago museum or gallery.” 

Warhol's Silver Clouds will certainly once again be a big draw. Made from Mylar, helium and fans, the work was first exhibited in a small room at Leo Castelli's eponymous gallery in NYC in 1966. Viewers then, and now, embraced the chance to interact with art. It's noted that "many people have interpreted The Silver Clouds as a walk through Heaven. Warhol was a devout Catholic, so there is deep spiritual meaning" imbued in the work for sure.

• October 9: Divine Decade: A Benefit Celebrating LUMA’s 10th Anniversary

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Following is a selection of images from the anniversary exhibition.