Snite public reception, lecture Sunday

Author: Carol C. Bradley

On Sunday, February 26 from 2-4 pm, the Snite Museum of Art will hold a public reception for the winter exhibitions. Sophia Meyers, guest curator of the exhibition, “Artist in Residence: Working Drawings by Luigi Gregori, 1819-1896,” will present a lecture at 3 pm.

Gregori drawing, Snite

This exhibition showcases Gregori’s sketches for the murals in the Basilica and Main Building at Notre Dame. From 1874 to 1891, the Italian painter Luigi Gregori (1819-1896) was a professor and artist-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame. During his tenure, Gregori transformed the campus with many large-scale murals including his decoration of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Main Building. Long after his departure, Gregori’s art continues to greet generations of students and visitors who come to the University.

Artist-in-Residence; The Working Drawings of Luigi Gregori (1819-1896) showcases Gregori’s sketches for the murals in the Basilica and Main Building. As the first exhibition dedicated to his graphic oeuvre, the show explores Gregori’s drawing style, working methods, and techniques. Using his drawings as illustrations, the exhibition presents new research regarding Gregori’s biography and artistic training. The show also considers the contemporary impact of Gregori’s work at Notre Dame, and historic artifacts from the University of Notre Dame Archives will be on display.

The guest curator of this exhibition, Sophia Meyers, is an alumna of Notre Dame and former Boch Graduate Intern at the Snite Museum of Art. The drawings were donated to the University at Gregori’s bequest and now reside in the Snite Museum Collection.

Also on view through March 11:

  • DIGNITY: Human Rights and Poverty
  • A Person’s Worth
  • Art at the Service of the People: Posters and Books from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education

On view through April 1:

  • A Grand Flourish: Drawings of Architectural Ornament from the Permanent Collection