Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Everyday Miracles" Art Exhibit Coming to Gumberg this Summer

Image credit: NLM. For more photos visit
This summer, we are pleased to announce we will be hosting the unique traveling exhibit from The National Library of Medicine (NLM): Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos. This exhibit presents examples of the ex-votos tradition of devotional art created in times of illness and despair. These remarkable paintings are responses of gratitude to the heavens for miraculous healings. NLM also notes that ex-votos offer a “rare opportunity to view health, healing, and illness through the hearts and minds of the ordinary person.”

The display will be available on the 5th floor of Gumberg Library from June 23-August 2, 2014 during the library’s normal operating hours. As an introduction to the exhibit and the ex-votos tradition, we will host a Lunch and Learn event on June 30, 2014, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m on the 5th floor of Gumberg. Refreshments will be provided. An additional educational event will follow later in the summer. Check back here for further information.

The exhibit's intriguing intersection of medicine, art, and faith reflects the diverse range of disciplines and the interdisciplinary nature of Duquesne University. The exhibit is of interest to the Catholic community at large, in addition to students, faculty and staff in the health sciences, theology, and art history as well as in English, history, modern languages, philosophy, and communication.

More information about ex-votos can be found on the National Library of Medicine’s Everyday Miracles webpage.

For more information about the exhibit and educational events at Gumberg Library, or if you have questions, please visit the Gumberg Library Everyday Miracles webpage.