LUMA presents a Digital Christmas by Benjamin Bergery

Loyola University Museum of Art  (LUMA) will open the exhibition of renowned artist Benjamin Bergery: Epiphanies on Saturday, according to Loyola University’s press release.

An opening reception for Benjamin Bergery: Epiphanies will be on  from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and is free to Loyola University Chicago students, faculty, and staff. Price is $15 for others.

A “Meet the Artist” will be at 6 p.m.  Tuesday, Dec. 7. This is also free to Loyola students, faculty, and staff.  Price is $4 for others.

This new media installation by Bergery, with technology by Jim Campbell, consists of two works based on gospel stories of the birth of Christ and will be on view at LUMA through Jan. 16.

Light Annunciation uses light rhythms to evoke the angel’s announcement to Mary that she will give birth to the son of God.

Epiphany Triptych uses a looping low-resolution movie projected onto luminous screens to show the story of the Magi bringing their gifts to honor the baby Jesus.

Epiphanies has a contemplative mood that is connected to a range of visual references, including Renaissance frescos and early cinema. The intent is to update the Renaissance tradition of storytelling frescos through the use of digital textures informed by a cinematic vocabulary and lighting. The ambiguity of low-resolution images and abstract light patterns is intended for the religious subject, as it encourages interpretation and conveys the mysteries of the gospels.

Benjamin Bergery is a media installation artist based in Paris. As a cinema journalist and teacher, he has taught at MIT and the University of Southern California and has worked at Atari, LucasFilm, and Panavision. He has led dozens of seminars, master classes, and conferences on cinema and media technology in the United States and Europe. Join us for an evening with the artist and gain insight to his work in the exhibition Epiphanies, on view at LUMA through January 16. Bergery will give an illustrated talk about the process of creating new media art that uses low-resolution moving images and rhythms of light to evoke rather than represent.

Please RSVP for both events by sending an e-mail to luma@luc.edu or calling 312.915.7608.

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