By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery
Sep. 20, 2017: A large crowd gathered in OSilas Gallery last week for the opening of the exhibition Martin Luther & The Reformation: The Man, The Message and The Machinery, curated by Rev. Dr. Joshua Hollmann, chair of the theology department at Concordia College, and Dr. Charles T. Little, curator emeritus of medieval art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among the many objects and works included in this engaging exhibition are iconic works by Lucas Cranach on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and an exquisite page from a Gutenberg Bible on loan from the Bronxville Public Library.
This exhibition coincides with the 500th anniversary of the event that is often considered the beginning of the Reformation movement--when, in 1517, Martin Luther was said to have nailed his Ninety-Five Theses calling for church reform on the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
Martin Luther & The Reformation explores who Luther was, 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," said 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 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."
In connection with this exhibition, two lectures will be held in OSilas Gallery. The first lecture, "Seeing the Faith: Martin Luther and the Multi-Media Message of the Reformation," will be given by Dr. Hollmann on September 27 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Hollmann will discuss how the Reformation was the first modern social movement propelled by technology, and he will explore the ways that Luther mastered print media to change the world. Whether you are interested in history, religion, or art, this is a lecture not to be missed.
The second lecture, "Martin Luther and the Power of the Image and the Word," will be given by Dr. Little on October 19 at 7:00 pm. This lecture will focus on amazing artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach, both masters of the print, who greatly facilitated the launch of the reform movement.
Gallery lectures are open to the public, but tickets are required ($35 per person/$30 for OSilas Gallery members). Light refreshments will be served. Please see www.osilasgallery.org for more information.
Martin Luther & The Reformation: The Man, The Message and The Machinery is free and open to the public and will be on show through November 11 at OSilas Gallery, located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library. Parking is available on campus. Please see www.osilasgallery.org for gallery hours and for more information about exhibitions, special events, and programs.
Pictured here (L to R): Elizabeth Vranka, executive director of OSilas Gallery, Rev. Dr. John Nunes, president of Concordia College, and Pippa Colvin, a member of the Bronxville Public Library’s board of trustees.
Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery