Day of the Dead Celebration at the Penn Museum Takes a Maya Focus
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
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Penn Museum Puts "Behind the Scenes" on Display with
Exhibition Featuring Open Conservation Lab
Famous—and Infamous—Morton Collection of Human Crania in the Spotlight
With Year of Proof: Making and Unmaking Race
New Exhibition at the Penn Museum Now through August 18, 2013
Penn Museum 2012 Events
In Conjunction with World Premiere Exhibition
“MAYA 2012: Lords of Time”
Penn Museum Strengthens Partnership with Turkey
Museum Agrees to Indefinite Term Loan of “Troy Gold” Jewelry
Penn Museum’s International Classroom Program
Presents the 43rd Annual International Students & Scholars Reception
Friday, October 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2012—Penn Museum opens its doors to the world, as international students, scholars, and professionals new to the Delaware Valley are invited to attend this year's 43rd annual International Students Reception on Friday, October 5, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Welcome Reception, held in the Chinese Rotunda at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, is free for all international students.
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 Events Calendar.
Penn Museum Presents Peripheries 2012-13 Documentary Series
Monthly Film Screenings with Expert Commentators
On Second Sundays Beginning September 9
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2012—Peripheries, a new Penn Museum Second Sunday Culture Films series, explores the lives of people on society’s margins through a wide range of recent documentary films. Faculty experts from the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions introduce each film, with open discussion following the screenings. Presented in association with the 2012-2013 Penn Humanities Forum on Peripheries, Penn Museum’s Second Sunday Culture Film Series runs from October through February, beginning at 2:00 pm in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium, 3260 South Street. The series is free with Museum admission.
From Monsters to Shakespeare with a Twist: Penn Museum Joins
The Philly Fringe with Two Programs September 13–16, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Expect some strange situations and unlikely happenings at the Penn Museum September 13 through 16, 2012, when the Museum opens its Chinese and ancient Egyptian galleries for two Philly Fringe events.
Renowned New York artist and teacher Douglas Irving Repetto brings his Monsters: A Workshop and Happening to the Chinese Rotunda and the Warden Garden for a memorable afternoon open to all audiences on Sunday, September 16. Thursday through Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania’s own Underground Shakespeare Company uses the Museum’s iconic Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery as the backdrop to a reimagining of the bard’s famous tragedy Antony and Cleopatra.
Program details, and ticket information, below:
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2012—Kids and families can dig right in to art, culture, and adventure, as the Penn Museum offers Family Second Sunday Workshops, 1:00 to 4:00 pm from September 2012 through May 2013. Geared to families with children ages 5 and up, each Family Second Sunday Workshop features a craft, touchable artifacts, and gallery activities. Attendees may drop in anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 pm to participate.
Attendees to a Family Second Sunday Workshop automatically become members of Penn Museum’s Art Excavators Club. Club members who attend three Family Second Sunday workshops receive a free surprise!
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.
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Live from the Archives!
The Chiney Shop (2012)
Penn Museum offers this U.S. premiere presentation of filmmaker/director Jeanette Kong’s new documentary, The Chiney Shop. Drawing from the Penn Museum's unique 1930s footage of Jamaica, The Chiney Shop tells the story of Chinese shopkeepers all over Jamaica and their relationships to the communities of which they were a part. Jeanette Kong presents the film. The program concludes with a panel discussion on the Chinese diaspora in the West Indies, featuring Penn Anthropology Professor Dr. Deborah Thomas, organizer, with Dr. David Eng, Asian American Studies at Penn, and Dr. Anne Marie Lee-Loy of Ryerson University. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.
PHILADELPHIA (July 11, 2012) – Diamonds are a… museum’s best friend.
As part of its 75th Anniversary this fall, the Women’s Committee of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia is bringing back its signature fundraiser, TREASURES, Oct. 26–28. TREASURES originally began as a world cultures antiques show in 2005, and is now being relaunched with a focus on jewelry. The presenting sponsor of TREASURES is Tiffany & Co.
NEW SPECIAL EXHIBITS and DISPLAYS
Year of Proof: Making and Unmaking of Race
September 2, 2012 through August 18, 2013
Is there such a thing in humans called race? Since the emergence of biology and anthropology, scientists have developed categories for all living things, including humans. But what can the categorization of humans tell us? Penn Museum houses the notorious Morton Collection of skulls, collected to confirm 19th century society's beliefs about racial hierarchy. Understand how scientists have used the collection from the 19th century to today, and what implications arose from their respective analyses. Explore the history of race in this small display, which ties in with the University of Pennsylvania's 2013 themed "Year of Proof." Trescher Entrance Lobby, 1st Floor
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.
September 5–October 24
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Instructional Drum Circle
Come out and drum with Joseph Tayoun, internationally acclaimed Middle Eastern percussionist. Sessions include instruction of rhythms, technique, and a drum circle jam in the inspiring setting of the Museum’s Egypt (Sphinx) gallery. A limited number of drums are provided; drummers are encouraged to bring their own drums. Dancers are welcome! Admission: $15 walk-in ($100 in advance for all eight sessions); $10 walk-in student/Penn Museum member rate ($70 in advance for eight sessions). For more information, call 215.898.2680.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Wednesday nights ring out this summer in West Philadelphia, as the rich sounds of international music return to the lush garden setting at Penn Museum. The third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series features weekly performances on Wednesdays, June 20 through August 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Penn Museum's Stoner Courtyard.
The summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. For the after-work crowd, PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights offers great live performances in a relaxed outdoor locale, as well as drinks and light fare from the Pepper Mill Café's garden bar, and the chance to explore Penn Museum's many galleries. Concerts move inside in the event of rain.
Penn Museum Presents an Evening to Imagine Africa
A Free Community Night of Music, Dance, and Art, Wednesday, May 23
As Part of Ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum Gallery Project
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Penn Museum hosts a celebration of African and African-American culture with a Free Community Night, Wednesday, May 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The evening features dynamic percussion by the West Powelton Steppers Drill Team, electrifying moves by line dance instructor Kenny J, and the spoken word poetry of the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, as well as a comic book workshop with members of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell joins Penn Museum in presenting this event, in conjunction with the ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project.
Metropolitan Museum’s curator of the exhibition and University of Pennsylvania alumna Diana Craig Patch requested 10 objects from the Penn Museum, one of which is a spectacular stone door socket carved in the form of a captive, regularly on view in the Penn Museum’s Upper Egyptian Gallery. With his body flattened to the ground and his hands bound behind, the figure on the door socket bears the unhappy likeness of a prisoner of Egypt under Pharaoh’s domination. Once, part of a temple at the ancient cult site of Hierakonpolis, a heavy wooden door turned on a pivot that would have fit into the depression on the captive’s back. The artifact dates to the first or second Egyptian dynasties—between 3000 and 2675 BCE.
MAY 1, 2012—It may not be the end of the world, but it is the end of plans for a 25-ton sand sculpture on The Porch in front of Amtrak 30th Street Station.
On Monday morning, Greg and Brandi Glenn, the California sand artist couple, began the 25-ton sand project for the Penn Museum, to herald the world premiere of MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a new exhibition opening May 5. They had plans to sculpt a larger than life recreation of Altar Q, a famous monument from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Copan in Honduras.
After the sand arrived, some concerns developed because the sculpture was being created on a PennDOT bridge structure. University City District, partner of the project, was then informed that a series of approvals would be needed, taking several days in order for the project to move forward—time the sculptors did not have.
“We are sorry not to be able to present this sand sculpture, intended to celebrate the great Maya art of Copan, Honduras, as we herald the opening of MAYA 2012: Lords of Time—but we are mindful that it is not the end of the world!” noted Dr. Richard Hodges, Penn Museum Director. “Our new exhibition explores the supposed ‘end of the world’ predictions of the ancient Maya—and we hope that area residents and Amtrak riders alike will come to Penn Museum to see the rich art and culture in this great show—while there is still time!”