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Museum Displays Scores of Nativity Scenes

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A Chicago art museum is showing the Nativity scene in a new way this holiday season.

The manger scene, or crèche, is a familiar site outside churches as Christmas approaches. But the Loyola University Museum of Art is displaying 100 of them. Its Art and Faith of the Crèche exhibit features Nativity scenes created in countries around the world. Collectors James and Emilia Govan gathered them over 30 years. Museum curator Ann Meehan says the exhibit transcends Christianity because many crèches were made by artists of other faiths.

MEEHAN: One particular piece that comes from Malawi comes from a Muslim artist who was working in a Catholic center, and it was a gift from a Jewish friend. That was a neat sort of coming together of the three Abrahamic religions.

The exhibit also includes an elaborate szopki crèche from Krakow on loan from the Polish Museum of America.

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