Summer Exhibition Update 2012

Summer Exhibition Update 2012

We wanted to share with our regular readers, visitors, and contributors an update as to forthcoming summer exhibitions that might be of interest. Egypt and India are well represented!

Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt will be on show through the month of December 2012 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. This exhibition presents artifacts from Ptolemaic Egypt as well as objects recovered from the Bay of Aboukir, located just beyond the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Highlights include rare coins, religious statuaries, and exquisite jewelry.

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will be at the Pacific Science Center, in Seattle, Washington, USA, until January 6, 2012. The exhibit features more than 100 rare artifacts and works of art. More than half of the objects on display come directly from the tomb of King Tutankhamun while others are associated with other important pharaohs. Specific attention is given to ancient Egyptian interpretations of “kingship” and divinity.

Shadow of the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt and its Influence opens June, 17 2012 and will be on show until November 25, 2012 at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York, USA. This exhibition will delineate the impact of ancient Egyptian art and culture on the modern Western imagination. Actual items from ancient Egypt—including jewelry, coffins, and artwork—will be shown in tandem with modern works of art inspired by this most celebrated of ancient civilizations.

Gods on Swings and Dancers in Trance: Bronze Art from Tribal India opens at the Museum Rietberg in Zürich, Switzerland on July 12, 2012 and will run until November 4, 2012. The exhibition showcases bronzes from the Bastar region in central India, which is still mainly inhabited by tribal societies. Visitors will discover unusual, powerful, and highly stylized artworks that tell of mighty gods, processions and possessed dancers.

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James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is chiefly interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Aside from his work at AHE, James is an avid Arabist, devotee of romance languages (French, Portuguese, and Spanish), reggaetoñero, and fan of ice hockey.