Part exhibition and part working laboratory, this exhibit allows visitors to see various archaeological tools and watch as conservators work on a wide array of Egyptian funerary objects. Staff will be opening their windows twice daily to answer visitor questions.
The historical King Midas lived in the prosperous city of Gordion, the political and cultural capital of the Phrygians nearly 3,000 years ago. In 1957, Penn Museum archaeologists excavated a spectacular royal tomb believed to be the final resting place of King Midas' father Gordios. Dating to ca. 740 BCE, the tomb contained a treasure trove of magnificent objects from the time of Midas. This world-exclusive exhibition, developed by the Penn Museum in partnership with the Republic of Turkey, is your chance to view more than 120 dazzling objects, including those from the royal tomb, on special loan from Turkish museums in Ankara, Istanbul, Anatalya, and Gordion.
This exhibit features a variety of a variety of artifacts once used by ancient peoples seeking to fulfill desires through supernatural means. See amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, rings and other items from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome.
The early history of the Penn Museum's archaeological investigations in ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) is explored in this archival exhibition curated by Penn Museum Fellow Kamillia Scott. By means of letters, photographs, diaries, and drawings, visitors encounter the pioneering expeditions to Nippur (1889-1900) and Ur (1922-1934), which resulted in some of the most spectacular finds ever made by the Penn Museum, including the Temple Library at Nippur and the Royal Tombs of Ur.
Kourion, one of the ancient cities of the island of Cyprus, is the subject of this small exhibition curated by students for the Penn "Year of Discovery." Excavation records, photos, videos and artifacts highlight the Museum's work in Cyprus over a 20-year period starting in 1934.
Prepare to dance along to a fun, upbeat fusion of funk, salsa, and elements of Caribbean music, including calypso, zouk, and Haitian compas. Visiting from Colombia, this band joins the summer series with a powerful rhythm and energy all their own.
J. Cameron Monroe, University of California, Santa Cruz will give a talk on excavations at the remains of Sans Souci, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Haiti. The palace was home to Henry Christophe, once a slave who lead the Haitian Revolution of 1804 and became king. In Nevil Classroom. Bring lunch.
The third play in Aeschylus' great masterpiece, "The Oresteia," "The Eumenides" was written more than 2,500 years ago. In response to the pleadings of his sister Electra and at the command of the god Apollo, Orestes has murdered his mother, Clytemnestra, who murdered of his father Agamemnon. As a consequence, Orestes finds himself tormented by the terrible Furies, hideous ancient goddesses of the Underworld divinely charged with punishing blood murders. Audience members follow the actors through the Museum's third-floor galleries
Award-winning author Teju Cole sits down with Amardeep Singh, a noted scholar of global English literature, to discuss the ways translation has shaped Cole's life and work, and how it informs his new book "Known and Strange Things" (Random House and Faber & Faber), a collection of essays on art, literature, photography, and politics. Photography critic for The New York Times Magazine, Cole presented his own photography in a recent solo exhibition, "Blind Spot," which included an essay Cole wrote about his experience with temporary blindness. A book signing will follow the program, which is presented as part of the 2016-2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation.
Kasia Szpakowska, associate professor of Egyptology at Swansea University in Wales, and director of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project, gives a presentation on the practices and beliefs associated with medicine, magic and religion in Ancient Egypt.
Neil Asher Silberman, archaeologist, author, and managing partner of Coherit Associates, will give an illustrated lecture about some recent discoveries and ongoing controversies in the Americas, Europe and Asia that exemplify dramatic new directions that archaeology is taking in the age of the internet and globalization.
Fold origami paper cranes - a symbol of peace - at an afternoon craft table. Guests write a message of peace on the cranes, donating one to hang on a special peace display and another to a fellow museum visitor.
Young children and their favorite grownups are invited to journey to ancient Rome, where they will discover the origins of the seasons though the tale of Proserpina's journey into the Underworld. Register at www.penn.museum/galleryromps.
Socialize with other adult coloring-book enthusiasts and illustrate images and designs based on Penn Museum artifacts. Guests depart on a mini-gallery tour at 6:30 p.m. to get inspiration. Wine, beer, light dinner fare and snacks are available for purchase in the Pepper Mill Café. Coloring materials are provided.
Steve Tinney, an associate curator in the Babylonian Section, starts takes an in-depth look at Anzu, one of ancient Mesopotamia's iconic monsters, a giant eagle with a lion's head, depicted in art from as early as 2500 BCE. As a symbol of the gods and friend of heroes, Anzu's early career seems benign, but somewhere along the way his ambition gets the better of him.
C. Brian Rose, a professor of archaeology at Penn and curator of the museum's Mediterranean Section, will talk about archaeology and conservation in Turkey in the 20th and 21st centuries. His will be the keynote address in a conservation symposium. Rose is director of the museum's Gordion Archaelogical Project in Turkey.
This 2009 movie, called "Mutluluk" in Turkish, is about a young, newly returned war veteran - and son of the village leader - who is ordered to take a young girl believed to have been violatied to Istanbul and kill her. Instead, they run away together.
Mosaics were a common feature in public buildings and the homes of the wealthy in ancient Rome. Take a Look and Learn tour through the gallery at 1 or 3 p.m. Then, create an original mosaic inspired by the Ancients. This drop-in program is free with Museum general admission.
Watch this short film by director Cheuk Kwan, who will join Josephine Park, an associate professor of English and Asian American Studies at Penn, for a post-screening discussion. The film follows the charming and gregarious Jim Kook, who came to the prairie town of Outlook, Saskatchewan, as a "paper son" using a dead Chinese Canadian's identity. Kook became fluent in the language and culture of the plains of Canada, in the process making himself and his New Outlook Café essential to the town for 40 years.
Make a sekere, working with the sekere musician Omomola Iyabunmi, founder of the Women's Sekere Ensemble. The sekere is a traditional West African percussion instrument made from a dried gourd with beads woven into a net that covers the gourd. The ticket price includes a glass of wine, beer or soda.
There will short talks by archaeologists, interactions with Museum educators featuring touchable reproductions, and behind-the-scenes tours of archaeology labs. Craft workshops, games and tours of the Rome and Etruscan Italy Galleries round out the day.
Emily Teeter, an Egyptologist at the Oriental Institute in Chicago, offers a close look at artifacts of Egypt's Predynastic Period (ca. 4500-3100 BCE). Teeter asserts these can tell us much about society in the era before writing. Changing styles of stone vessels, the decoration of painted pottery and the choice of materials all attest to early consumerism, links between craftsmen and the market and claims of status through personal possessions.