Penn Museum May–June 2012 Advance Calendar of Events

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.

JamestownLandingMay 2
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.

 

AltarQ WorkMay 4-6
Friday, 3:00 pm - Sunday, 5:00 pm

30th Annual Maya Weekend
MAYA 2012: Lords of Time

For 30 years, international scholars, Maya enthusiasts, artists, glyph experts, archaeologists, and others have joined together for a lively weekend of engaging talks and programs centering on the Maya world. During the weekend, numerous lectures and workshops provide opportunities for attendees to learn about Maya culture and current archaeological work at Maya sites. This weekend features an exclusive preview to the new exhibition, MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, and focuses on the Maya and their concept of time. Participants can expect a rich intellectual experience–and activity choices–as the weekend provides diverse opportunities for engagement. Admission: $180. Optional lunches extra. For additional information visit www.penn.museum/mayaweekend or call 215.898.2680.

 

MayaAjawGlyphMay 5 and May 6
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibition Opening Celebration Weekend
MAYA 2012: Lords of Time

His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras, joins Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges to cut the ribbon and open the exhibition at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 5. Throughout the grand opening weekend of MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a host of special sights, sounds, and activities are in store for visitors. Weavers, dancers, and artists illuminate the Maya culture of Mexico and Central America. Come see the ancient arts come to life! The celebration, co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center, is free with general Museum admission. Visitors may buy timed tickets to MAYA 2012: Lords of Time (admission includes general admission) in advance (www.penn.museum/maya2012) or at the door, as space is available. For more information on opening weekend programs: 215.898.2680, or online.

 

FutureRemembrance2May 6
Sunday, 2:00 pm

Culture Change, Adaptation, and Image Film Series
Future Remembrance (1998)

In West Africa, people have adapted studio photography portraiture to send messages about their own status. This film looks at historical and modern studio photographers in Ghana, and the implications of their work. Dr. John Jackson, Jr., Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania, introduces the program and facilitates discussion. This program is presented in association with the 2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum on Adaptations, and co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania and Penn Cinema Studies. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

pmatpennmuseumflatMay 9
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo

Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, guests can watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

May 10
Thursday, 6:30 pm

Young Friends Event
Lords of Tequila

This special event, presented by the Young Friends of the Penn Museum, explores the history and tradition of Patrón Tequila's signature brand along with special Maya-themed appetizers. Attendees start with a specially crafted Patrón cocktail in the Warden Garden followed by an exclusive, tutored tequila tasting and a visit to the newly opened MAYA 2012: Lords of Time exhibition. Must be 21+ to attend. Admission: $30. For tickets and information, visit www.penn.museum/tequila or call 215.898.5093.

 

ClineMay 12
Saturday, 3:30 pm

Afternoon Lecture
Amenhotep III's Foreign Relations: The Material Evidence for Diplomacy in the Amarna Age

During the reigns of Amenhotep III and Akhenaten, the Pharaohs of Egypt pursued diplomatic connections at the highest levels. Trade and contact with different areas was undoubtedly also conducted at lower commercial levels as well. Dr. Eric Cline, George Washington University, speaks at this event, sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt – Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA). Admission: $7. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.

 

MetMay 15
Tuesday, 8:00 am

Bus Trip to New York City
"The Dawn of Egyptian Art" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guests can join the Penn Museum and members of the Egyptian Section on a daylong adventure to see "The Dawn of Egyptian Art" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the Predynastic and Early Dynastic Periods (ca. 4000-2650 B.C.), people living in the Nile Valley began recording their beliefs through paintings, sculptures, and reliefs made for their shrines and tombs. This exhibition brings together some 175 objects to illustrate the origins and early development of ancient Egyptian art, including several pieces from the Penn Museum. The bus departs Penn Museum at 8:00 am and leaves NYC at 4:00 pm. $60 general admission; $50 Penn Museum members. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

imagine africaMay 23
Wednesday, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Free Community Night
An Evening to Imagine Africa

Visitors can tour the Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project, and explore the vast continent of Africa through an evening of special programs and activities with local artists. Free admission! For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

stela 0005June 6
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

Great Riddles in Archaeology Lecture Series Finale
The Maya and 2012: Fact, Fantasy, and Phenomenon

In recent years there has been a gathering storm of publicity surrounding an "end of time" arriving in December 2012, based on the nearing conclusion of a Maya calendar. What did the ancient Maya really believe would take place? Dr. Simon Martin, Research Specialist, Penn Museum, helps to form a more accurate picture of ancient Maya beliefs. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration; free for Penn Museum members with advance registration. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

 

pmatpennmuseumflatJune 13
Wednesday, 6:00 pm

P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo

Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, guests can watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. For more information, call 215.898.2680.

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). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 12, 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered weekly. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission 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" the last hour before closing. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.

Photo captions (top to bottom): Jamestown: This print from the N.Y. public library picture collection depicts the first landing at Jamestown in 1607. Maya Weekend: Altar Q, 776 CE, Copan, Honduras, depicts the 16 kings of Copan in sequence. Photo courtesy: Kenneth Garrett. Future Remembrance: Photo by Edmond Fortier. Eric Cline: Photo courtesy Eric Cline. Bus trip: Photo by Penn Museum. Great Riddles lecture: Stela 14, Guatemala, 758 CE. Photo by Penn Museum.

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