PHILADELPHIA, PA—Did the Maya believe the world would end in December 2012?
With MAYA 2012: Lords of Time—a world premiere exhibition—the Penn Museum confronts the current fascination with the year 2012, comparing predictions of a world-transforming apocalypse with their supposed origins in the ancient Maya civilization. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Instituto Hondureño de Antropologia e Historia of the Republic of Honduras, opened May 5, and runs through January 13, 2013.
Penn Museum Presents “African Dance!”
A Showcase of African and African-Influenced Dance Performances
As Part of Ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum Gallery Project
PHILADELPHIA, PA—A diverse gathering of local dance performers lights up the stage Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 pm with African Dance! This evening of African and African-influenced steps and moves features hip-hop dance by Rennie Harris RHAW, tap and percussive dance by Germaine Ingram and Bobby Zankel, West African dance by the Cachet Ivey Performing Arts Collective, and the Umfundalai technique of Kariamu & Company: Traditions. The event is curated by Terri Shockley, Executive Director of the Community Education Center, and is presented in conjunction with the ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project. Entry is free with Museum admission donation: $12, adults; $10, seniors (65 and above); $8, children (6-17) and full-time students with ID; free for children under 6.
Penn Museum Presents Hello India!
A World Culture Day Saturday, March 24, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
FREE with Museum Admission
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The rich culture, history, and intrigue of India take the spotlight at Penn Museum Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, with Hello India! This special celebration of the vibrant nation welcomes children and families for an afternoon of classical dance performances and workshops, lively music, spicy Indian food, and an assortment of arts and crafts activities for all ages. Hello India! is FREE with Museum admission ($10 general admission; $7, seniors and military; $6, children 6-17 and students with ID; free for children under 6).
Hello India! is co-sponsored by the International Classroom at Penn Museum, the South Asian Center of Penn, Bharatiya Temple and Cultural Center, Chinmaya Mission, and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Penn Museum Hosts “Brazilian Groove” Cultural Celebration
A Free Community Day Saturday, March 31
As Part of Ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum Gallery Project
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Brazil’s vibrant cultural and musical heritage take center stage during Brazilian Groove, a Free Community Day on Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (with special programming from 1:00 to 4:00 pm) at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Brazil is a country richly influenced by the African diaspora and this family-friendly event features Afro-Brazilian drumming and dance workshops, a demonstration of the energetic dance and martial art of Capoeira Angola, and a Brazilian-influenced African dance performance. Brazilian Groove is a featured program presented in conjunction with the Museum’s ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project and in partnership with ODUNDE and the Brasil Cultural Center.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Penn Museum Event Calendar.
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Great Riddles in Archaeology Lecture Series
The Mystery of the Lost Jamestown Fort (1607-1624), the First Permanent English Settlement in North America
The Jamestown Fort, built in 1607, was the beginning of the first permanent British settlement in what is now the United States. Abandoned after its inhabitants relocated around 1624, the fort was believed to be lost forever until its rediscovery in 1994. Dr. Robert L. Schuyler, Associate Curator, Historical Archaeology Section, Penn Museum, discusses the missing years and the spectacular findings recently made in the fort's long history. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration. For more information, call 215.898.2680.
Long Distance Runners of Mexico Are the Subject of a New Photography Exhibition
Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre
March 31 through September 30, 2012 at the Penn Museum
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre, a new exhibition of 30 contemporary color photographs by Diana Molina, opens at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia March 31 through September 30, 2012.
Hip Hop Artists “Imagine Africa” with the Penn Museum
At a Free Community Night Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Program is Part of Ongoing Imagine Africa Community Engagement Project
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Six local Hip Hop groups and artists—special visitors to the Penn Museum’s African galleries in January—return to the Museum to perform their own original new music and lyrics live at a Free Community Night on Wednesday, March 28, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Imagine Africa at the Penn Museum and all the Museum galleries are open for the family-friendly evening, which features an African arts and craft table for children and families. Hip Hop Artists “Imagine Africa” with the Penn Museum is co-sponsored by the hip hop radio show, the IIourshow/ThorTakeover, LLC on WNJC 1360 AM.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Voices of Africa, Cultural Arts Collective choral and percussion ensemble, offers a community workshop and concert on Wednesday, February 22, 6 pm at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The family-friendly event, free with Museum admission ($10 adult; $7 seniors 65 and older; $6 students and children 6-17), is a featured program offered in conjunction with the Museum's year-long gallery project, Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum.
An African Cultural Arts Collective that works with a range of Philadelphia area artists from around the African Diaspora, Voices of Africa has performed widely throughout the region, around the country at sites including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., and the National Women's Music Festival, and at venues internationally since its founding in 1990. The Penn Museum program with Voices of Africa features an ensemble of 6-8 singers, drummers and dancers. The program is curated by Gina Renzi, Director of The Rotunda, a community gathering place in University City, fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst of social change.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—African music, dance, and diverse cultures take center stage on Saturday, February 18, from 1 to 4 pm, when the Penn Museum offers a free community afternoon, part of the ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project and public programming initiative that runs through January 2013. Philadelphia radio station 100.3 WRNB is sponsor of the free afternoon, and on air personality Lady B broadcasts live from the Penn Museum between 11 am and 2 pm.
While special activities run from 1 to 4 pm, the Penn Museum opens its doors free to the community for the entire day (10 am to 5 pm), with plenty of time to explore the new Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project, as well as the African Gallery, the ancient Egyptian Galleries, and beyond.
For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website: www.penn.museum/calendar.
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Douglas G. Lovell, Jr., Annual "Reports from the Field"
Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, and Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, are featured presenters. Dr. Wegner shares details from his 2011–2012 excavations at Abydos, Egypt. He discusses results of ongoing excavations of the tomb of pharaoh Senwosret III and a program of site development in collaboration with the American Research Center in Egypt and Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities to protect the cultural heritage of Abydos. Dr. Leventhal considers Maya heritage and its relationship to Mexican politics, indigenous rebellion, and tourism, as he focuses on a new Penn project in the Yucatán where a co-operative community heritage and development program is underway. In addition, he describes the goals and field projects of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Lecture admission: Pay-what-you-want. Optional reception follows: $35. For more information, call (215) 898-2680.
Penn Museum in Philadelphia Launches Online Collections Database to Kick off its 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2012
JANUARY 2012—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on the Penn campus in Philadelphia dates its official founding to December 6, 1887. On that date, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania resolved to send “an exploring expedition to Babylonia”—with the stipulation that the University would build “suitable accommodations” to house any artifacts that the first expedition team, and others, would bring back.
"Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp" for Children Ages 7 to 13 Runs Weekly June 18 through August 10, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, PA—This summer, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a unique day camp that takes them through time and across continents at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Penn's campus in Philadelphia.
"Anthropologists in the Making," runs eight theme-oriented one-week sessions from June 18 through August 10, 2012. Details about the popular camp, coordinated by the Penn Museum's Community Engagement department, are online: www.penn.museum/camp. A downloadable registration form is also available.
PHILADELPHIA–Ring in the magical Year of the Dragon! Penn Museum presents its 31st annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The day features music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, children's activities, and a grand finale lion dance. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($10 general admission; $7 senior citizens [65+] and military personnel; $6 students [with ID] and children [6 to 17]; free for children under 6, members, and PennCard holders).
Visitors who bring a new, unwrapped toy donation receive buy-one-get-one free admission (of equal or lesser value), one discount admission per toy. All toys will be donated to families, shelters, and community centers in West Philadelphia through Penn Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS), of The Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
"Climate Crises in Human History" Offers Perspective on a Hot Topic
Afternoon Program Runs Saturday, November 19, 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Penn Museum
As scientists and other scholars study rapid climate changes and climate crises affecting different parts of the world today, relatively little discussion is being focused on climate crises faced by humans in the past. The ancient Maya, the Saharan ancestors of the ancient Egyptians, ancient Romans and medieval Europeans are among many cultures who have faced dramatic climate change, adapting or not adapting to changing conditions throughout the millennia. Can we learn from their strategies—exploring what proved successful, and what did not—as we face our own climate crisis in the 21st century?
Travel the World with Games, a World Culture Day afternoon, runs Sunday, November 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm the Penn Museum. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn and play a variety of games with game instructors on hand throughout the Museum's international galleries: Go (an ancient game of Japan), Backgammon (originating in Asia Minor), Chess (originally from Northwest India), Senet (from Egypt, perhaps the oldest game in the world), Mancala (originating in Eritrea or Ethiopia), the Royal Game of Ur (discovered at the site of Ur in ancient Iraq)-and more. The event is free with Museum admission donation.
International Classroom Program at the Penn Museum
Celebrates Fifty Years of Cross-Cultural Education
October 2011—The International Classroom Program, an integral part of the Penn Museum community engagement and education efforts, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Its broad mission—to increase cross-cultural education and understanding—happens program by program, as international speakers connect with school children, families, and adult groups at the Penn Museum and throughout the region.
Since its founding in 1961, International Classroom speakers have visited more than 10,000 classrooms and other settings throughout the region. At the Penn Museum, they participate in the unique and popular "World: Ancient and Modern" programs, where students tour an "ancient" gallery, learning about ancient Egypt or China or the ancient Mediterranean world, and also meet an international student from that same region of the world to learn about cultural continuity and change over time. In addition, International Classroom speakers also participate in a wide range of Museum public events, enriching the Museum's popular world culture days and exhibition openings. The program currently boasts 160 speakers from 60 countries.
Penn Museum in Partnership with Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell Presents
FREE Community Night: An Evening to Imagine Africa
Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Neighbors, friends, and first time visitors are invited to celebrate, explore, and enjoy at the Penn Museum Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at An Evening to Imagine Africa, a FREE community night. There will be workshops to shake things up—a Hip Hop dance workshop with an instructor from Rennie Harris RHAW, an African Dance Workshop with the Penn student group African Rhythms, plus belly dancing with Habiba, and Spoken Word with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement.
Every year the annual Welcome Reception, considered a national model amongst international educators, hosts hundreds of international guests from over 100 countries. Penn Museum's International Classroom program presents this free celebration to connect international guests with the local community and its leaders, and to introduce attendees to the multicultural community of Philadelphia.
Culture Change, Image, and Adaptation, a new Penn Museum First Sunday Film Series, explores a wide range of recent documentary cinema, highlighting new forms of cultural adaptation in today's increasingly mobile and hybrid communities. Faculty experts from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities introduce each film, with open discussion following the screenings. Presented in association with the 2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum on Adaptations, Penn Museum's First Sunday Film Series runs from October through May, beginning at 2:00 pm in the Museum's Rainey Auditorium, 3260 South Street. The new series is free with Museum admission.