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Art and artifact current exhibitions

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Sat, 24 Oct 1998 14:32:34 -0700

Greetings to all:

>I just received the latest copy of Archaeology magazine. There are several interesting exhibits available to those of you who live in these urban areas across the country. Some of the exhibits relate to recent topics in our discussions. Please excuse this message if it is a repeat from another member.


The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY: "Cave of the Warrior (thru Dec. 6) features a selection of funerary material from the grave of an early 4th-millenium B.C. warrior buried in the Judean Desert. The burial was discovered in 1993 in a cave in the cliffs of the lower Wadi el-Makkulh near Jericho.

Annmary Brown Memorial Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI: "Archaeological Artists in Egypt" (thru Nov. 21) presents paintings and illustrations fo Egypt's ancient temples and tombs by such Egyptologists as Howard Carter, Nina and Norman de Garis Davies, and Joseph Lindon Smith.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY: Jade in Ancient Costa Rica" (through Feb. 28) comprises more than 100 precious objects dating from 300 B.C. to A.D. 700, among them pendants, mace heads, ear ornaments, and beads.

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ: "Artisans of Ancient Rome: Production into Art" (through December 31) illustrates how Roman artisans produced luxury goods in stone, metal, pottery, and glass for private homes and public spaces. It also examines the lives of artisans and their place in Roman society (see ARCHAEOLOGY March/April 1998, pp.74-75).

Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, CT: "The Wild and the Tame: Dogs in Native America" (through January 10) tells the story of the first truly American dogs as they appear in the art, myth and lives of Precolumbian peoples such as the May, Inka, and Inuit. (see ARCHAEOLOGY, January/February 1998, pp.70-78).

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: "Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Facience" (through January 3) features more than 150 small-scale masterpieces dating from Predynastic times through the Roman period fashioned out of faience, a ceramic made from powdered quartz.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: "The Buddha's Art of Healing: Tibetan Medicinal Paintings from Buryatia" (thru December 3) affords a rare opportunity for Western audiences to see the Blue Beryl, a seventeenthy-century medical treatise commissioned by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama.

The Semitic Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA: "Nuzi and the Hurrians: Fragments from a Forgotten Past" (through 2001) highlights the Hurrians, who settled btween the Tigris and Euphrates rivers during the mid-second millennium B.C. More than 100 objects excavated at Nuzi by Harvard University between 1927 and 1931 are displayed.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA: "Roman Glass: Reflections on cultural Change" (thru 11/30) features delicate glass vessels made between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early seventh century A.D., in the context of Roman households. (See ARCHAEOLOGY, Sept/Oct 1997, pp79-82.


The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: "Ancient West Mexico" (thru 11/22) is the first exhibition devoted to the complex societies of West Mexico, which flourished between 200 B.C. and A.D. 250. (see ARCHAEOLOGY, November/December 1997, pp 42-52.
Also, at the Art Institute, Chicago, IL: "Masterpieces from Central Africa: Selections from the Belgian Royal Museum for Ceentral Africa, Tervuren" (12-19 thru 3-14) presents 125 masks and sculptures from the Lub, Buli, Songye, and Kongo peoples.

The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH: "Soul of Africa: African Art from the Han Coray Collection (thru 1/3/99)

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH: "Mediterranean: Photographs by Mimmo Jodice" (12-13 thru 2-21) modern hand toned photos of classical sites in Italy, France, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, Tunisia, Syria, and Jordan.

University of New Mexico Art Museum, Santa Fe, NM: "Revealing the Holy Land: the Photographic Exploration of Palestine" (thru 12-13-98) Photos from 1850 through 1890.


Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL: "Chokwe! Art and Initiation" (11-1 thru 1-3-99) is the first exhibition to feature the art of the Chokwe and related peoples of Angola, Zaire, and Zambia.

Florida International Museum, St Petersburg, FL: "Empires of Mystery: The Incas, the Andes, and Lost Civilizations" (thru March 31), more than 300 artifacts spanning a period over 3,000-yr period by 35 cultures.

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA: "Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians, Treasures from the Republic of Bulgaria" (thru 1-4-98) first exhibit devoted to the people of Thrace spanning a period from 5th millenium B.C thru the third century A.D.

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, GA: "The Social Life of Kuba Cloth" (thru 2-21). More than 200 textiles made by the Kuba of Congo.


The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, CA: Treasures from the Royal Tombs at Ur" (thru 1-3-99)
excavated by Sir Leonard Woolley at the 5,000 yr old Sumerian site of Ur. most from tomb of the princess Pu-abi...

J. Paul Getty museum, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA: "Beyond Beauty: Antiquities as Evidence" (thru 1-17-99) explores the cultural, historical, and scientific evidence embedded in works of art and the important role this evidence plays in our understanding of artifacts (see Archaeology, May/June 1998, pp. 64-70).

Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA "Food in California Indian Culture" (thru 6-30-99) from native cultures in CA from prehistory thru the nineteenth century.

Riverside Municipal Museum, Riverside, CA: "Baskets, Bags, and Dolls of the Plateau Indians" (thru 1-5-99) Nineteenth and twetieth century examples of basketry and beadwork from tribes in British Columbia, Oregon and Washington eastern regions. Features Nez Perce' cornhusk bags and cradle dolls.

"The best way to observe is by watching."
-Lawrence (Yogi) Berra

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