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Hip Hop Artists Draw Inspiration from Penn Museum

By: Gabrielle Niu

On Monday, January 9th, local hip hop artists visited the African, Egyptian, and Imagine Africa galleries. The artists, selected by local hip hop radio DJ, Zachariah Hardin, were at the Penn Museum to draw inspiration for their music from the African art and artifacts. WHYY’s Newsworks.org reported on the event in their article At Penn […]

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A true translation: Updates on Matto Grosso (1931), and The Hoax (1932)

By: Kate Pourshariati

Regular readers of the Penn Museum blog may recall a post about an exciting film re-identification and discovery, in which we realized that the film that we thought was The Kid was really called The Hoax (1932) and that a copy was in the collections of the Smithsonian. By way of University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. […]

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Magic in the Ancient World

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