PHILADELPHIA, PA SPRING 2010—They may not all be soft and cuddly—but the almost one million artifacts housed at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have rich stories to tell about humankind, through time and across the continents. They also need regular care, in order to be preserved for future generations. That is why the Penn Museum recently began a new Adopt an Artifact program, inviting visitors of all ages to share in the care and “feeding” of its world-renowned collections.
"Maya Women: Figures of Enduring Strength and Power"
April 9 through 11, 2010
MARCH 2010-"Maya Women: Figures of Enduring Strength and Power" is the theme for the 28th annual Maya Weekend, taking place Friday, April 9th through Sunday, April 11th, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. More than a dozen scholars present illustrated talks and interactive workshops for the public, exploring the central role that women have played in the social, political, and cultural history of the Maya people from the Classic period (AD 250 to AD 900) to contemporary times.
PENN MUSEUM IS ONLY EAST COAST VENUE FOR MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION
Secrets of the Silk Road
February 5, 2011 through June 5, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, PA —Secrets of the Silk Road, a major new exhibition of international importance, concludes its three city US tour in 2011 with a stop at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology—the only East Coast venue.
Organized by the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, where it will be on display March 27, 2010 through July 25, 2010, this exhibition draws on the collections of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum and the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology in Urumqi in northwest China.
Underwater Archaeologist George Bass Tells Story of 1,000-Year-Old Shipwreck Recovery and Conservation Efforts on Three Ton Collection of Medieval Glass at Penn Museum's Annual Petersen Lecture Friday, March 26, 7:00 PM
Bass to be Awarded Drexel Medal for Archaeological Achievement at Program
Penn Museum Invites the Public to Share Perspectives on Human Sexuality
Tuesday, March 23, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is in the initial phase of developing an exhibition about human sexuality—and looking for public feedback! With the whole wide world of human cultures to draw upon, what might a Human Sexuality exhibition look like?
Penn Museum Offers Series of Provocative Programs In Conjunction with Righteous Dopefiend Exhibition Now on View
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology complements its special exhibition Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America with a series of special programs in March, April, and May. The exhibition, on view in the Penn Museum's Merle-Smith Gallery East, will remain open after hours, 4:30 to 9:00 pm, prior to and after each program. All programs are pay-what-you-want.
Tuesday, May 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
Public Health and Law Enforcement: Reframing the Debate in Philadelphia
Round table discussion to re-examine the stalemate of the war on drugs. Can the traditional contradictions between zero laws and law enforcement, and public health needs and services, be mediated productively?
• Moderator: Jeffrey Drain - Associate Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
• Philippe Bourgois - Richard Perry University professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Lt. Francis Healy - Special Advisor to the Police Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
• Dennis Culhane - Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania; Director of Research, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
• Prison System Representative - City of Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 17, 6:00-8:00 pm
A Conversation on Urban Poverty in Philadelphia and the United States
Round table discussion with audience participation. Scholars of urban America, whose life work has been dedicated to a theoretical and practical understanding of US intercity poverty, ethnic segregation, and the history of drug use and violence, participate.
• Philippe Bourgois - Richard Perry University professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Elijah Anderson - William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University
• Eric Schneider - Assistant Dean and Associate Director for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Adjunct Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
• Michael Katz - Water H. Annenberg Professor of History, Research Associate in the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, March 22, 6:00 pm
Play Reading: Corner Wars
"Corner Wars," a two act play, is the story of a day in the life of a group of young drug dealers working a street corner in North Philadelphia. Philadelphia playwright Timothy Dowlin, who studied theater at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts, wrote the play, his literary debut, which was first produced at 47th Street Theatre in New York by Theater for a New Generation in 2003. The play was awarded Newsday's George Oppenheimer award. Director Omar Evans organizes the reading; Mr. Dowlin joins for a question and answer period following the reading.
Tuesday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 pm
Addiction and Recovery: Lessons from Philadelphia
Round table discussion with audience participation. A discussion among practitioners and survivors working on the front lines in Philadelphia and at the national level, finding solutions to problems of addiction, homelessness, and poverty.
• Moderator Philippe Bourgois - Richard Perry University professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Marcella Maguire - Director of DBH (Department of Behavioral Health) Homeless Services at the City of Philadelphia
• Robert Fairbanks - Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Chicago, and author, How It Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia (2009, The University of Chicago Press)
• Tony Moses - Clinical Superviosr at Miracles in Progress II, North Philadelphia
• LeeRoy Jordan - Program Director, Ready, Willing & Able, Philadelphia
In Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg document the daily lives of homeless drug users, drawing upon more than a decade of fieldwork they conducted among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers who survive on the streets of San Francisco's former industrial neighborhoods. About 40 black and white photographs are interwoven with edited transcriptions of tape recorded conversations, fieldwork notes, and critical analysis to explore the intimate experience of homelessness and addiction. Revealing the social survival mechanisms and perspectives of this marginalized "community of addicted bodies," the exhibition also sheds light on the often unintended consequences of public policies that can exacerbate the suffering faced by street-based drug users in America.
The research for Righteous Dopefiend was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives is co-sponsor of this exhibition as a part of their 2009/2010 series, "Creative Action: The Arts in Public Health," and Penn's Arts and the City programming initiative.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field and adjacent to SEPTA's University City Regional Rail station serving the R1, R2, and R3 lines). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, Penncard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" after 3:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and after 4:00 pm Sunday. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.
Photograph, above, by Jeffrey Schonberg, in the exhibition Righteous Dopefiend.
Penn Museum Hosts Photography Exhibition, In Citizen's Garb: Southern Plains Native Americans, 1889-1891
Native American Period Clothing from Museum Collection Complements Photographs
March 26 through June 20, 2010
"What in the World" Live Event Set for Sunday, February 28, 2 PM
Panelists Mark Dion, Pablo Helguera, and Joseph Rishel
Take on Game Show Format Challenge Featuring Museum's International Collection
Special Event is Part of Philagrafika 2010 "Out of Print" Collaboration
PHILADELPHIA, PA—This summer, adventurous children ages 7 through 13 can experience a 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," organized by the Education Department of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, runs eight theme-oriented one-week sessions from June 21 through August 13, 2010. Camp details and a downloadable registration form are available online: www.penn.museum/camp.html.
Children may attend one or more of the weekly-themed programs. This year's themes are:
Philadelphia, PA, March 2010—The January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti and the surrounding region is over, but the recovery and rebuilding process is just beginning.
Penn Museum's International Classroom program is joining the effort, raising awareness and money for Haiti with an educational benefit evening, Help for Haiti: Beyond Media Coverage, Friday, March 19, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Admission to the fundraising event, which offers guests a special opportunity to learn more about the history, culture, and traditions of Haiti, is $10 per person, with all proceeds going to the Haitian relief efforts. Guests can enjoy music and dance performances by La Salle College's Neo-African Drums 'n Dance group and Temple University's Haitian Student Organization, and see Haitian artifacts from the Museum's collection not usually on display. Help for Haiti will be held in the Rainey Auditorium of the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
21st Annual Celebration of African Cultures Offers Music, Dance, and Storytelling
Saturday February 20, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
WINTER 2010—Music and dance of Africa and the African diaspora, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, culture, and cuisine-it all comes together and it all comes "of age" at the 21st annual Celebration of African Cultures Saturday, February 20, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm throughout the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The event is FREE with Museum admission donation ($10 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and above; $6 for full-time students with ID and children 6-17; free for Museum members, children under 6, and PennCard holders).
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The Tiger sign symbolizes character traits such as bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability. Tigers are extremely generous, intelligent and charming, but can be stubborn if they realize they are not in charge.
- from The Chinese Zodiac
PHILADELPHIA -Roar into the New Year with the power and courage of a Tiger! The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology presents the 29th annual Chinese New Year Celebration, in the honor of the Year of the Tiger, Saturday, January 23, 2010, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm! Music and dance performances, healing and martial arts demonstrations, games, workshops, 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. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($10 general admission; $7 seniors; $6 students with ID and children [6-17]; free for children under 6, Museum members and PennCard holders).
Music, dance and special performances bring the sights, sounds, and wonders of China to the Museum galleries and auditoriums. Students from Chinese for Families, a multicultural Chinese language school offering Mandarin, martial arts, and dance classes, perform traditional Chinese dances, a martial arts demonstration, an original play, and present a Chinese New Year movie in Rainey Auditorium from 11:30 am until 12:00 pm. Then, Chinese for Families hosts a Tiger Craft Workshop in the Mosaic Gallery where children can try their hands at creating traditional tiger hats. The symbolism and power of the hats are thought to protect children from evil spirits.
In 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.
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.
Penn Museum's Free Holiday Family Celebration
Sunday December 6, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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!
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.
New Exhibition at the Penn Museum Offers Intimate Look at Homelessness and Addiction in Urban America
December 5, 2009 through May 2010
Anthropologist 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.