Loras partners with Dubuque Museum of Art to host talks on 17th-century artist and ‘Monuments Men’

DUBUQUE, IOWA – Loras College, in collaboration with the Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), will host Jim Welu, director emeritus of Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, and a 1966 graduate of Loras College, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the DuMA, 701 Locust St., and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 inside the Loras College Alumni Campus Center (ACC), corner of Loras Boulevard and Cox Street.

Welu will first speak on 17th-century artist Johannes (Jan) Vermeer, the subject of his doctoral dissertation and the focus of DuMA’s “Vermeer’s Mania for Maps.” Vermeer’s detailed depictions of maps and globes coincide with the great age of exploration and mapmaking. These cartographic objects, and the ways in which Vermeer used them, not only add further meaning to the allegorical subjects and scenes of everyday life in Vermeer’s paintings; they also shed light on the artist’s working methods.

Vermeer’s artwork was the inspiration behind 2009’s documentary “Master of Light,” narrated by Meryl Streep, which will show during Welu’s appearance at DuMA.

Welu then presents “The Monuments Men: Heroes at Home and Away” at Loras College. During World War II, a group of museum directors, curators, artists and architects helped protect masterpieces from the Nazis, who stole thousands of works of art from museums, churches and private collectors. Welu will recount the real-life heroic efforts of four Monuments Men connected with Worcester including George Stout, former director of the Worcester. Stout was the inspiration behind the 2014 film “The Monuments Men” and was played by George Clooney.

In conjunction with Welu’s speaking engagements, Loras College will host a showing of “The Monuments Men” from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 in the Arizona Room inside the ACC.

For more information about Loras College, visit www.loras.edu, call 563.588.7100 or (800) 245-6727. Or like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege on Twitter.

For information on DuMA, visit www.dbqart.com, call (563) 557-1851. Or like DMA at dubuqueart on Facebook or follow @DubuqueArt on Twitter.

About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras is ranked 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings and the 11th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges.

About Dubuque Museum of Art
The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), founded in 1874 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is Iowa’s oldest cultural institution. Named a national affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuMA’s mission is to excite, engage, and educate constituents through the presentation of collections, exhibitions, and programming; to form mutually beneficial partnerships to enhance the role of the arts within our community; and to adhere to professional museum standards in all operations. DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets.

For more information, including admission and hours of operation, visit www.dbqart.com.


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