OSilas Gallery at Concordia College is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition of the academic year, Martin Luther & The Reformation: The Man, The Message and The Machinery, curated by Rev. Dr. Joshua Hollmann and Dr. Charles T. Little. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 7, at 7pm in OSilas Gallery. The reception and the exhibition are both free and open to the public.
In 1517, Martin Luther, a relatively unknown monk teaching in a small German town, called for reforms to the Western Church by posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the doors of his local chapel, the act commonly considered to signify the start of a religious and social movement that forever changed Europe and the rest of the world. This exhibition explores who Luther was and what he stood for and how the printing press, a relatively new technology at that time, enabled his ideas for reform to spread rapidly throughout Germany and Europe in the 1500s. “Luther was a media sensation,” states Dr. Hollmann. “Through the technology of the printing press, Luther’s intrepid actions in reforming church and society and inspiring message of the freedom of the Word of God left a lasting imprint on the world.”
Dr. Little, who is also curator emeritus of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, says of the exhibition, “Martin Luther’s renown is really about accessibility, both with the Word, but increasingly with imagery that became an equally powerful vehicle for conveying his message. The exhibition becomes a way to explore this intersection and to appreciate Luther’s role in transforming Europe.”
Martin Luther & The Reformation: The Man, The Message and The Machinery features important works of art that illuminated and propelled the Reformation, as well as texts and machinery that aided in the rapid spread of Luther’s ideas. Works and objects on display are on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bronxville Public Library, Donnelley Financial Solutions and Virgin Wood Type, among others.
The Reformation exhibition will be on show from September 7 through November 11 at OSilas Gallery, located on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library on Concordia's campus. Free and ample parking is available on campus.
Gallery hours are Tues/Wed/Fri noon-5pm, Thurs noon-7pm and Sat/Sun 2-5pm.
Image: Martin Luther (1483–1546), workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472