Presented to Coincide with the 2015-2016 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex, Exhibition Uses International Collection to Offer Broad Survey of Diverse Cultural Concepts PHILADELPHIA, PA October 2015—Sex, sexuality, and gender identity are perennial hot-button issues in the news. With today’s headlines trumpeting views about same-sex marriage and the sanctity of marriage, gender bender fashions, gender diversity in the workforce, and gender inequities in the boardrooms, are we living in age of revolutionary views on sex?
So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist? Penn Museum Marks International Archaeology Day with Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tours, Talks on Current Research, and Mummification Workshops Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015 -A special day of archaeological site simulations, behind-the-scenes tours, a 3-D printing demonstration, plus Q&A sessions with researchers and conservators, awaits at the Penn Museum on Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, in celebration of International Archaeology Day. The family-friendly program, So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist? , highlights the training and technology used by archaeologists, presented against a backdrop of mummies, ancient skeletons, clay tablets, and other artifacts from the museum's renowned collection.
Ancient Treasures from the Republic of Turkey are Featured in The Golden Age of King Midas Exclusive World Premiere Exhibition Explores Famous Ruler and his Times, Opens February 13, 2016 at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, PA September 2015— What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question that will be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of specially-loaned ancient artifacts from the Republic of Turkey, keys to telling the true story of a very real, very powerful ruler of the Phrygian kingdom in what is now central Turkey. The Golden Age of King Midas , an exclusive, world premiere exhibition developed by the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Republic of Turkey, runs February 13 through November 27, 2016.
Philadelphia, PA—Amazonian warrior women, Genghis Khan, even King Midas and his golden touch—all have their moment in the spotlight with the Penn Museum's popular Great Myths and Legends evening lecture series, featuring leading scholars from the Penn Museum, the University of Pennsylvania, and beyond.
Penn Museum's Second Sunday Culture Film Series Explores Gender Across Cultures PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—Gender identities and issues in cultures around the world are explored in the Penn Museum's fall through spring documentary film series, Second Sunday Culture Films, co-sponsored by the 2015-2016 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex. The monthly series, October through March, takes audiences to Bulgaria, Hawaii, India, Mexico, and Nicaragua, presenting individual journeys of identity against a backdrop of differing cultural expectations and norms. Each film is introduced by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities, and followed by open discussion. All programs, free with Museum admission donation, begin at 2:00 pm in the Museum's Rainey Auditorium. The Second Sunday Culture Film Series is also made possible with additional support from the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, Penn Cinema Studies, and the William Way LGBT Community Center. The series begins October 11:
Woven Words: Native Scholars Illuminate Wampum Histories and Traditions at Penn Symposium on October 1 and 2
PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2015—“Wampum belts,” in the American imagination, are often regarded as objects of history and mystery. Many people think of wampum as “money,” a stereotype that harkens back to the early 1600s, when Dutch and English colonists used wampum beads as a convenient substitute for European currency. During the late 1800s, antiquarian collectors handled wampum belts as though they were artistic relics.
The Penn Museum Joins in the Association of Art Museum Directors'Sixth Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 19, 2015With Free Admission and Special Programming Philadelphia, PA, MAY 2015—On Tuesday, May 19, the Penn Museum offers a day of free admission and special programming for adults and families, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Monday, May 18, 2015. Last year, the Penn Museum—along with 180 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in Art Museum Day.
Relâche Concludes "Music for the Mystery of Silents" Concert and Silent Film Series With a French Focus Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA April 2015—"Music for the Mystery of Silents," the Relache New Music Ensemble Sunday afternoon series at the Penn Museum, takes a decidedly French twist on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 pm, with the final program of the fall to spring three concert series: "Les Mystères Français." The program, presented in the Penn Museum's Widener Hall, features the classic 1912 French silent film The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador, directed by Léonce Perret with musical score by Régis Huby, as well as two musical improvisations from last summer's "Sounding Cézanne" project for the Barnes Foundation. Bookending the program are two works by veteran Philadelphia composer Paul A. Epstein: A Song to Sing in D, a premiere, and to conclude, a brief, lively work, Fancy Flight.
Egyptomania! Takes Over the Penn MuseumSaturday, March 21, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA—From mummification workshops to hieroglyph classes, tours, games, and presentations by curators and archaeologists, to a traditional drum circle and Egyptian folk dances, the Penn Museum puts the spotlight on one of the world's oldest civilizations with Egyptomania!, a day-long celebration Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The family-friendly day, set throughout the Museum's world-renowned ancient Egyptian galleries, showcases 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian culture—a culture that continues to fascinate researchers, travelers, writers, filmmakers, and the general public. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders).
Newly Identified Ancient Skeleton from Ur to be Focus of Study,Research For Penn Students Taking a Course at the Penn Museum PHILADELPHIA, February 2015—Penn students in a new course, Living World in Archaeological Science (Anthropology 267/567), offered in the Penn Museum's new Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials will be learning about scientific analysis of skeletal remains via a most extraordinary specimen: a very ancient, very rare human skeleton originally from the world famous site of Ur (in modern day Iraq), newly "rediscovered" in the Museum's storage. The students, working with Dr. Janet Monge, Penn Museum professor and Penn Museum Curator of Physical Anthropology, will be learning right along with Museum scholars as they study the skeleton, learn more about how it was excavated, and its place in the ancient history of the Near East.