Museum News & Announcements
The Golden Age of King Midas opened to the public—with long lines at the admission desks—Saturday, February 13. The special exhibition, featuring treasures from ancient Turkey, looks at the world of the historical King Midas who lived in the prosperous city of Gordion—where Penn Museum archaeologists have been working, and making discoveries, since 1950. Dr. C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University, Penn Museum’s Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, and the Archaeological Project Director at Gordion, is the exhibition’s Curator. To develop such a major international exhibition, Dr. Rose saw an opportunity to provide a strong educational experience—and solicit help—if he invited Penn graduate students to join him in the extensive research and early planning phases of the Midas show. A group of 13 Penn graduate students took on the challenge and in the spring of 2013, signed up for the Gordion Curatorial Seminar. Offered through the department of Art and Archaeology in the Mediterranean World (AAMW), the interdisciplinary, interdepartmental seminar drew students from the graduate groups in Art History, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, Historic Preservation, and Fine Arts.
Is that a bird? A plane? Is that ancient Maya hieroglyphic writing on the tail of that rocking private 747 jet decked out for Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls World Tour? As a scholar of the ancient Maya, and a renowned expert in Maya hieroglyphs, Dr. Simon Martin, Penn Museum’s Associate Curator of the American Section, doesn’t usually get involved with contemporary culture—yet alone heavy metal rock music. So he was a bit surprised when the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden contacted him. The band was developing artwork for its newest album, The Book of Souls, with an ancient Maya inspired theme, and they wanted a Maya scholar to translate the song titles into authentic ancient Mayan hieroglyphs.
For Penn’s 2015-2016 Year of Discovery, three Penn undergraduate curatorial interns have been exploring the Penn Museum’s excavations at the site of Kourion on the island of Cyprus, where Museum archaeologists worked from 1934-1954. While doing the research to create a small exhibition, the three interns—Andrés De los Rios, a junior majoring in History and Classical Studies, Diane Panepresso, a senior majoring in Classical Studies, and Ashley Terry, also a senior, majoring in Anthropology—decided to delve a little deeper, making a few of their own discoveries along the way.
“Anthropologists in the Making” Summer Camp Returns to the Penn Museum, Offering Weekly Themes June 27–August 19
Registration Now Open PHILADELPHIA, PA—Online registration for the Penn Museum’s popular “Anthropologists in the Making” summer camp is now open. This unique summer camp offers children ages 7 through 13 an engaging experience that ventures through time and across continents, all without leaving the Penn campus. “Anthropologists in the Making" runs eight themed one-week sessions from June 27–August 19, 2016. Each week takes campers through the museum’s international galleries, behind the scenes to meet conservators and archivists, and before interactive World Wonders performances. The week culminates in a Friday showcase of learning, encouraging campers to demonstrate all they’ve discovered through creative displays and presentations. Details about and registration for the popular camp can be found online: www.penn.museum/camp.
Penn Student Curator Explores the Human Side in Archival Exhibition The Boys of Sumer: Discovery in Mesopotamia
Penn Student Curator Explores the Human Side in Archival Exhibition The Boys of Sumer: Discovery in Mesopotamia Penn Museum is world renowned for its extraordinary collections of art and artifacts—about a million pieces from around the world and throughout time. Part of what makes those collections so valuable is another kind of collection—the letters, photographs, detailed drawings, field notes, and diaries from the Penn Museum expeditions that reside in the Museum Archives.
Hashtags at the ready: #PennZooseum, #AnimalMuseum, #UArtsTakeover. From Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11, 2015, a team of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts students and their teachers are taking over the Penn Museum—the Museum’s @pennmuseum Instagram account, that is—and it promises to be a little wild out there.
November 2015—It all began with a passion for Korean cultural heritage, and the Korean Fighter Kite, the Bang’Pae Yon, in particular, by a determined group of enthusiasts, the Korean Kite Fliers Society.
Special thanks to Global Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter and the City of Philadelphia, and the many business and cultural leaders who helped to make this happen.
Unpacking the Past: Penn Museum Launches Innovative New Middle School ProgramDesigned to Spark STEM Learning through Museum Engagement* * * *Private Grant-Funded Program Aims to Reach School District of Philadelphia,KIPP, and Mastery Charter School 7th Graders and Their Families FALL 2014—Curators and staff at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology know that ancient Egyptian culture and the practice of mummification fascinate visitors. Coming face-to-face with real materials from ancient Egypt and other cultures is an experience few forget. Beginning this fall, 7th graders in School District of Philadelphia schools, the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), and Mastery Charter Schools, their teachers—and even the students' families—have an opportunity to delve deeper into the rich material culture and traditions of ancient Egypt and the ancient Roman Empire. Students can discover more about the ancient past, all while tapping into "Common Core" curriculum standards in language arts, math, and science, through an innovative new, multi-stage program, Unpacking the Past, at the Penn Museum.
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