Penn Museum's Fall 2010 Special Exhibition Schedule
Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands
September 26, 2010 through February 6, 2011
In the 1880s, the Penn Museum organized America's first archaeological expedition to the ancient Near East-to Nippur, a promising but far-flung Mesopotamian site then within the vast Ottoman Empire, now located in Iraq. It was a time of great opportunities and great adventurers. Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands takes a look at the accomplishments, struggles, and fortunes of three adventurers whose lives intersected at Nippur: Osman Hamdi Bey, archaeologist, museum director, and internationally renowned Turkish painter; John Henry Haynes, American archaeologist and photographer; and Hermann Vollrath Hilprecht, a German archaeologist, Assyriologist, and professor at Penn. The exhibition features two 19th century oil paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey, including one, Excavations at Nippur, which has never before been on public exhibition. The story is told through photographs, many by Haynes, and more than 40 artifacts from the Nippur expedition (1889-1900), including a full-sized "slipper" coffin, incantation bowls inscribed with protective magical spells, figurines, and numerous clay cuneiform tablets bearing some of the earliest writing in the world. The exhibition is made possible through generous donations from the Halpern-Rogath Fund of the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania; the Joukowsky Foundation; and the Turkish Cultural Foundation. Merle-Smith Gallery West, 1st floor.
ONGOING SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS
Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America
Opened December 5, 2009. Extended through May 2, 2011
In this exhibition, 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 Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives co-sponsored the exhibition. (Research funded by the National Institutes of Health.) Merle-Smith Gallery East, 1st floor. Read more
Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape of Pennsylvania
Opened September 13, 2008. Extended through July 11, 2011
Conventional histories of Pennsylvania declare that all but a few elderly Lenape people left the state by the opening of the 19th century. Yet, many remained in secret. Children of the little known Lenape-European marriages of the 1700s stayed on the Lenape homelands, practicing their traditions covertly. Hiding their heritage, they avoided discovery by both the government and their neighbors for more than two hundred years. Now, the descendants of these people have come forward to tell their story. Fulfilling a Prophecy, organized by the Penn Museum together with the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania,* features never before displayed objects from the private collections of Lenape people in Pennsylvania, in addition to historic and contemporary photographs and archaeological objects from the collections of the Penn Museum. The exhibition is made possible by Diane vS. and Robert Levy, University Scholars at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Penn Center for Native American Studies, the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates "Native Voices" program, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities' "We the People" initiative on American History. The Jacqueline W. and John C. Hover II Gallery, 2nd floor
*Like half of all Native American groups in the United States, the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania is not recognized by the federal or state authorities. Though there are many privileges to be gained through recognition, the process of gaining recognition remains both complex and expensive for many Native American groups.
LONG TERM EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES
Penn Museum has three floors of galleries with cultural materials from around the world. Exhibitions include: Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery, Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans, the Upper and Lower Egyptian galleries, Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun, The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science, the Chinese Rotunda, Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition, Canaan and Ancient Israel, Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache, and galleries with materials from the Islamic World, Mesoamerica, and Africa.
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.
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