Museum Mosaic – Spring 2001

People, Places, Projects

Originally Published in 2001

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gerald-margolisDr. Gerald Margolis

The University of Pennsylvania Museum wel­comes a senior administrator who started at the Museum on February 28, 2001. Dr. Gerald Margolis has been appointed as the Museum’s new Deputy Director of Operations. Bringing a wealth of experience in museum adminis­tration, Dr. Gerald Margolis served as the Director of Develop­ment of Philadelphia’s Anti-Defamation League (1999-2000) and as the Executive Director of the Lib­erty Museum (1997-99), where he was responsible for the new museum’s administrative and strategic plan. In addition, Dr. Margolis was the Executive Director of the World Religions Museum in Taipei, Taiwan (1996-97), the Founding Director of the Mu­seum of Tolerance in Los Angeles (1987-96), and the Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Cen­ter in Los Angeles (1983-96). The UPM is delighted to have Dr. Margolis join us!

Mesoamerican Gallery

The University of Pennsylvania Museum’s permanent Mesoamerican Gallery exhibits objects from its strong Mesoamerican collec­tion, comprising more than 28,000 artifacts, most obtained through Field excavations. Just in time for the 19th Annual Maya Weekend (March 23-25, 2001) the gallery, first opened in the 1930s, was updated and reconceived to incorporate the newest information and theo­ries about the Maya, Aztecs, Zapotecs, Mixtec, and other ancient peoples who lived in the area encompassing Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and parts of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

A ceramic "smiling face" from the Remojadas of Veracruz, Mexico, has recently been returned to public display in a new setting in the UPM's Mesoamerican Gallery. Museum Object Number: 61-1-1
A ceramic “smiling face” from the Remojadas of Veracruz, Mexico, has recently been returned to public display in a new setting in the UPM’s Mesoamerican Gallery. Museum Object Number: 61-1-1

Featuring new text, photographs, and more than 200 artifacts, the renovated gallery is de­signed to provide visitors with a structured, thematic approach. offering a general overview of cultures of the region and of the principal Mesoamerican civilizations that grew up, flour­ished, and influenced one another in the region and beyond. The five world-famous grand stone monuments, or stelae, and two monumental cir­cular altars from the Museum’s early excavations at the Maya sites of Piedras Negras, Guatemala, and Caraco, Belize, continue to dominate the gallery. Wall and floor cases, some new, in­troduce visitors to Mesoamerican hieroglyphs, religion, concepts of beauty, everyday life, the Mesoamerican ball game, and architecture and public art.

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"Museum Mosaic – Spring 2001." Expedition Magazine 43, no. 1 (March, 2001): -. Accessed April 18, 2024.

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