Culture Films Series at the Penn Museum

Our highly successful open conservation lab recently received additional funding and will run at least through August 2016. We continue to learn a lot (Number 1 question asked by visitors: “Is it real?”). Even though the objects being treated in the Artifact Lab have all been in our collections for many decades, the potential for new discoveries (or re-discoveries) has been amazing.


As plans for the reinstallation of the Museum’s iconic Egyptian Galleries progress, we will be focusing on treatment of those objects and the Artifact Lab will be an ideal space to treat many of the larger pieces.You can read about these projects, as well as other fascinating topics on our blog.

Chinese-American Culture Program

Chinese Restaurants — Canadian Plains (2005)

October 9, 2016 - 2:00pm

The charming and gregarious Jim Kook 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 forty years.

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Upcoming Culture Films

DateEventTime
Oct
09
Chinese-American Culture Program02:00PM - 04:00PM
Nov
13
Quechua language Program - (Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia, all Andes) 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Dec
11
Accents & Idioms or “Separated by a common language” Program—New Zealand 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Feb
12
Deaf Culture Program 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Mar
12
Irish Culture Program02:00PM - 04:00PM

Live from the Archives

Live from the Archives, Culture Films series

We are pleased to present our collaborations with filmmakers in re-working archival materials of the Penn Museum in this documentary film series.

Venus Peregrine

The latest collaboration with a filmmaker involves a Fulbright project in India about Victorian era European female travelers, which she will contrast with current day internet consumption (virtual travel) by South Asian teen girls. The filmmaker, Courtney Stephens, currently researching in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), will be working with the Dixon and Tode collections for this film which is titled Venus Peregrine. Watch for this film in 2015.


To Hold the Heart

Personal narratives of three Hmong women living in the Milwaukee area, who describe their escape from Laos, this film was made as a tribute by a daughter of one of the ladies. The filmmaker, Pang Yang Her, is using 1957 footage by Watson Kintner of Laos. Look for a screening of this short film in 2015.


Tiki-pop

Footage from Passage to Polynesia was used in the upcoming French production Tiki-pop, a humorous look at the misappropriated material culture heritage of Polynesia, expressed in the oddball visual language of mid-century American pop culture. A hint: it's an ethnographic film about us .


Yvonne

British filmmaker Dani O’Toole revisits with her grandmother her voyage from formerly British Guiana to England to become a nurse, in a trajectory between 1932 and 1960, with all of the difficulties of racism and culture shock, yet with her sense of humor intact.


Other Film Archives Projects

In 1930 an odd assortment of scientist and adventurers struck out from New York for the Mato Grosso region of Brazil, with the stated purpose of creating the first documentary film to be made in the field with live sound recording equipment. This film, Matto Grosso , the Great Brazilian Wilderness, a 1931-style staged documentary [expeditionary film] which takes place in what we now think was the village of Pogubu C̨oreu, with the collaboration of the São Lourençla;o Bororo people.


Navajo Film Themselves

In 1966, Sol Worth, John Adair and Richard Chalfen traveled to Pine Springs, Arizona, where they taught a group of Navajo students to make documentary films. Their students were Mike Anderson, Al Clah, Susie Benally, John Nelson, Mary Jane Tsosie and Maxine Tsosie and later Susie Benally's mother, Alta Kahn. This film series is known as the Navajo Film Themselves . This site is a digital visit to the notebooks and journals of Worth and Chalfen, primary source materials for research.




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