Multi-disciplinary Artist Pablo Helguera Creates What in the World

Multi-disciplinary Artist Pablo Helguera Creates What in the World
An "Unauthorized Biography" of the University of Pennsylvania Museum
On View January 29 through April 11, 2010

New Installation is Part of Philagrafika 2010 "Out of Print" Collaboration

 

What in the WorldIn the early 1950s, then-Penn Museum Director Froelich Rainey created a popular television show-What in the World-featuring a rotating panel of Museum scholars and celebrities who examined individual artifacts from the Museum's vast collections, puzzling out where they came from and how they would have been used. The national television show, a pioneer project in the field of museum education at the dawn of the telecommunications age, lasted for several seasons.

As one of five "Out of Print" cultural partners participating in the Philagrafika 2010 international contemporary art festival, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hosted New York-based artist Pablo Helguera. After exploring the Museum and its collections, he developed a project that tapped into the rich archival resources of the institution. The result is What in the World, a provocative new installation that features a recreated set from the famous television program, Museum artifacts, and a series of videos designed to provide "an unauthorized biography" of the 123-year-old Penn Museum. The videos will also be posted as a "season" on YouTube after the installation's opening.

 

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The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia

The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia
Neighborhood Photography by Children of Fairhill and West Kensington
On View at the Penn Museum December 10 through May 2010

DECEMBER 2009—Since 2000, more than 800 children from the Fairhill and West Kensington neighborhoods of North Philadelphia have participated in a unique community-based after school and summer arts program run by Centro Nueva Creacion: The Goodlands®.

Beginning December 10, 2009, the Penn Museum presents The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia, a selection of more than 40 color photographs of people and places in the community, taken between 2000 and 2009 by neighborhood children aged 5 to 13.  The photography exhibition, on view in the Museum's Kress gallery-the primary entrance for the 35,000 plus schoolchildren who annually visit the Museum-runs through May 2010.

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The 14th Annual Peace Around the World Celebration

Penn Museum's Free Holiday Family Celebration
Sunday December 6, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kashan Ahmed from Pakistan shares aspects of the biggest and most celebrated festival from his part of the world, the Festival of Eid, at this year’s free Peace Around the World event at Penn Museum. Photo: Lauren Hansen-Flaschen.Grab your "Passport" and get into the spirit of the holiday season Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's 14th annual FREE Peace Around the World family afternoon. All visitors receive Museum "passports" with itineraries to visit ten countries via ten International Classroom speakers and explore holiday traditions in countries around the world. The day also features holiday choir music by children and adults, Maya storytelling, face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, free treats for children, and more!

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Penn Museum Offers Wednesday Lunchtime Scholars Series

Penn Museum's behind-the-scenes research activities take center stage this fall, winter, and spring, through a new Wednesday lunchtime 12:00 pm series of illustrated talks-the Penn Museum Scholars Series.  Attendees are invited to bring along lunch for the short talks and question-and-answer period programs, all "pay-as-you-want" with Museum admission donation.  The presentations take place in Penn Museum's Classroom 2 just off the Trescher entrance.

The series, which began in October 2009, continues most weeks, December 2009 through mid-May 2010.  Program updates, and descriptions, are posted on the Museum's website calendar.

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Righteous Dopefiend

New Exhibition at the Penn Museum Offers Intimate Look at Homelessness and Addiction in Urban America
December 5, 2009 through May 2010

Righteous DopefiendAnthropologist Philippe Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg spent more than a decade among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers who survive on the streets of San Francisco's former industrial neighborhoods. Their extensive research formed the subject of a provocative new book, Righteous Dopefiend (University of California Press, Berkeley, 2009), and now, a new exhibition.

Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction, and Poverty in Urban America, opens Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia and runs through May 2010. More than forty black-and-white photographs are interwoven with edited transcriptions of tape-recorded conversations, field notes, and critical analysis to explore the intimate experience of homelessness and addiction.

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Magical Wizarding Extravaganza Back By Popular Demand!

Penn Museum Presents a Special Event: Harry Potter and the Magical Muggle Museum on Sunday, November 22, 2009 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Witches at the Harry Potter celebrationHARRY POTTER AND THE MAGICAL MUGGLE MUSEUM—the magical wizarding extravaganza designed for Harry Potter fans, those passionate about the novels of J.K. Rowling, and magic lovers of all ages—returns to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for its third straight year, on Sunday, November 22, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with new activities and magical surprises throughout the building. Penn Museum opens two hours early to share all the magic, and it is all magically free with regular Museum admission donation ($10 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for children 6-17 and college students with ID; and free for children 5 and under, Penn Museum members, and PennCard holders.)  Visitors are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Harry Potter character, or this year, their favorite Twilight character, and join in on the action!

More than 30 different activities are planned for the day, with the full schedule of activities available online.

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Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery Opens 25 October 2009

Penn Museum’s World-renowned Mesopotamian Collection from Ur is the Centerpiece Of a New Exhibition Exploring Iraq’s Ancient Cultural Heritage

Iraq's Ancient Past:  Rediscovering Ur's Royal CemeteryPHILADELPHIA, PA—In 1922—the same year that Howard Carter made headlines with the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt—the Penn Museum and the British Museum embarked upon a joint expedition to the ancient site of Ur in southern Iraq.  Led by British archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley, this expedition astonished the world by uncovering an extraordinary 4,500-year-old royal cemetery with more than 2,000 burials that detailed a remarkable ancient Mesopotamian civilization at the height of its glory.

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Penn Museum Hosts 40th Annual Welcome Reception for International Students and Scholars

International guests from over 100 countries mingle and make connections at last year's reception.PHILADELPHIA, PA—Welcome! Swagatam! Willkomen! Emedi!
International students and scholars new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend this year’s annual welcome reception on Friday, 09 October 2009, 5pm to 7pm. The International Students Reception is held in the majestic Chinese Rotunda at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, in Philadelphia on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

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Penn Museum Unveils New Website

Penn Museum's New WebsitePHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has opened the door to its new home on the web at www.penn.museum. This new website offers a fresh new design, expanded research content, and behind-the-scenes features, as well as dynamic, interactive, and multimedia functionality to engage visitors at multiple levels.

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Penn Museum Launches New Audio Tour

Penn Museum Launches New Audio TourPHILADELPHIA, PA—Visitors to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology can now enjoy an English or Spanish audio tour of the Museum's galleries. The Highlights of the Collections Tour can be accessed through an Orpheo Classic handset (available to rent at the main entrance: $5 per person; $4 per person for Museum members and groups of 10 to 30) or via a free podcast download from iTunes. Wi-Fi hotspots in many of the Museum's public spaces allow visitors to access the podcast and other Museum content from laptops or smart phones.

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Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages

An Evening of Talks, Tutored Tastings, and a Book signing with Penn Museum’s Patrick McGovern and Dogfish Head Brewery’s Sam Calagione, Thursday, 08 October 2009 at 6pm

Event Includes All Three of the Re-Created Ancient Ales from Dogfish Head--Midas Touch, Chateau Jiahu, and Theobroma—Plus a Surprise Beverage

Patrick McGovern and Sam Calagione, featured at the Penn Museum's Thursday, October 8 event, Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines and Extreme Beverages, seen here brewing up a new corn Chicha at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub, August 2009.  Photo courtesy Dogfish Head Brewery.PHILADELPHIA, PA—Patrick McGovern, biomolecular archaeologist at the Penn Museum and the leading authority on ancient fermented beverages, and Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head Brewery, team up to talk about how ancient ales and extreme beverages are discovered and brought back to life.  The event is Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages, an evening of talks, tastings, and a book signing, Thursday, 08 October 2009 at 6pm at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia.

Tickets to the special program can be purchased online.  Advance tickets to the special program are $60; $45 for Penn Museum members.  Tickets at the door, based on availability, are $75.  Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

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November/December 2009 Calendar of Events at the Penn Museum

For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website: www.penn.museum/calendar

James Cunos02 November 2009
Monday, 5pm

Evening Lecture
Museums, Antiquities, and Cultural Property
James Cuno, President and Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and author of Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage, presents his views and engages in discussion on the importance of cultural heritage and the control and ownership of antiquities in the 21st century. Sponsored by the Museum's Penn Cultural Heritage Center. Lecture admission: pay-what-you-like. Reservations requested.  Information: (215) 898-4890.

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September/October 2009 Calendar of Events at the Penn Museum

For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit our online calendar: www.penn.museum/calendar

Yoga instructor Lauren Brown strikes a pose09 September through 28 October 2009
Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7pm
Vinyasa Yoga in the Galleries
Lauren Brown, certified yoga instructor, offers yoga sessions in the beautiful setting of the Penn Museum’s atmospheric galleries.  This weekly Wednesday evening class, designed to accommodate all levels of ability, focuses on basic yoga positions for building strength and increasing endurance.  Beginners are welcome.  Attendees should bring a yoga mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothing.  Class size is limited.  $12 per class.  Information:  (215) 898-4890.

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“His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong” New Exhibition at the Penn Museum 26 September 2009 through 10 January 2010

His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong30 JULY 2009, PHILADELPHIA, PA—One of the great archaeological illustrators of the 20th century, Piet de Jong spent the summer of 1957, at the invitation of excavation director Rodney Young, working at the renowned site of Gordion in central Turkey. While de Jong set about on a series of watercolors reconstructing wall paintings from a previously uncovered “Painted House,” ca. 500 BCE, Penn Museum excavators were making a now-famous discovery: they penetrated a large, exceptionally well-preserved grave mound, known as the “Midas Mound” for its association with the legendary King Midas and his family. There, they found a wealth, not of gold, but of royal artifacts and information about the Phrygian people of 2700 years ago.

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The 11th Annual Peace Around the World, Penn Museum's Free Holiday Family Celebration

09 NOVEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology invites everyone to get into the spirit of the holiday season Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., when the Museum celebrates the 11th annual Peace Around the World. It’s a FREE joyous, family-oriented afternoon filled with theater in the galleries, international music and dancing, choir music by children and adults, magic, exotic face-painting, a family craft, free treats for children, and more! (Attendees can even take advantage of special reduced-rate parking in Penn Garage 7, Convention Avenue off South Street, when they validate their parking ticket at Penn Museum).

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Women's Committee Presents Museum with $100,000 Check

15 DECEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Friday, 15 December 2006 Penn Museum's all-volunteer Women's Committee handed over a giant-sized check--one with five zeros before the decimal point--to Museum Director Jeremy Sabloff, at their monthly meeting. Women's Committee Chair Mrs. Stephen Goff (Marguerite) passed the honor of handing over the check to Mrs. Cummins Catherwood (Susan), Mrs. Robert E. McQuiston (Missy), and Mrs. Michael Heavener (Suchinda), co-chairs of the Women's Committee's second annual show and sale, "TREASURES...from the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail." An additional $3,000 was donated to the museum in honor of each chair.

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Tena Thomason, Special Events Coordinator, Received the University of Pennsylvania Museum's Director's Award for Exceptional Achievement

19 DECEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Tena Thomason, Penn Museum’s Special Events Coordinator, is the latest recipient of the Director’s Award—established by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to honor exceptional staff and volunteer achievement. Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, surprised Ms Thomason with the presentation this morning, at a weekly senior staff meeting.

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Penn Museum Welcomes the Year of the Pig at the 26th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

19 DECEMBER 2006, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Squeal for joy! The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology ushers in the Year of the Pig Saturday, 20 January 2007 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with its 26th annual Chinese New Year Celebration! Music and dance performances, food, healing and martial arts demonstrations, games, workshops, arts, crafts, children's activities and much more—topped off with the traditional Chinese Lion Dance grand finale—are all part of the spectacular day-long celebration, FREE with Museum admission donation ($8 general admission; $5 students and seniors; free for children under 6, Museum members and PennCard holders).

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DR. ZAHI HAWASS, EGYPT’S SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES, SPEAKS ON “The Riddle of the Pyramids and the Magic of King Tut” AT PENN MUSEUM

09 JANUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PADr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and Director of excavations at the Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, and Bahariya Oasis, offers a special public talk, “The Riddle of the Pyramids and the Magic of King Tut,” Thursday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.

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18th Annual Celebration of African Cultures

14 JANUARY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Music and dance of Africa and the African diaspora, storytelling, arts and crafts, culture and cuisine—it all comes together at the 18th annual Celebration of African Cultures Saturday, 17 February  from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The event, an annual extravaganza, is FREE with Museum admission donation ($8 for adults; $5 students and senior citizens; free for Museum members, children under 6, and PENNcard holders).

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