May and June 2011 Calendar of Events

For the most updated information on programs offered at the Penn Museum, and for on-line pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's calendar.

Iraq AmbassadorMay 2
Monday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
Iraq Cultural Heritage and National Identity
H.E. Samir Shakir Mahmoud Sumaida'ie, Ambassador of Iraq, speaks about Iraq's rich and long history and the themes of continuity and change in its culture. The forging of "national character," the nation's self image, and the importance of cultural heritage in Iraqi national identity, is considered. Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery stays open until the talk begins. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

great adventuresMay 4
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
"Great Adventures along the Silk Road" Lecture Series
Looking East from Constantinople: Byzantium and the Silk Road
Dr. Robert Ousterhout, Professor, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, offers this "Great Adventures" talk. Medieval Constantinople was the greatest emporium of the eastern Mediterranean, where East and West came together. After a brief overview of the Byzantine capital, Dr. Ousterhout charts the routes merchants took traveling eastward from Constantinople, as well as the cities, sites, and landscapes they passed along the way. He considers, as well, the luxury goods and exotic commodities those merchants brought back with them. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration; free for Penn Museum members with advance registration.

Quizzo at Penn MuseumMay 11
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Admission: Free with Museum admission donation.

Savor-the-Silk-RoadwebMay 12
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Young Friends Program
Savor the Silk Road
Join the Young Friends of the Penn Museum for an evening exploration of the Silk Road and a taste of its exotic food and drink! Taste beers from around the world, imported from countries along the Silk Road, and enjoy a variety of foods inspired by the flavors that traveled to the West along this legendary trade route. Take a self-guided tour of the Silk Road-related artifacts in the Museum's permanent collection and see the critically-acclaimed Secrets of the Silk Road interactive experience, complete with re-created mummies. Local folk musician Suzie Brown performs guitar and vocals from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Admission: $35; Penn Members: $30; Full-Time Students with ID: $30.

LuohanMay 18
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Evening Lecture
The Penn Museum Glazed Luohan in Context:
Chinese Buddhist Art During the 10th-12th Centuries

Derek Gillman, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, considers a famous Penn Museum artifact as a jumping off point for this talk. The celebrated glazed earthenware luohan in the Museum's Chinese Rotunda belongs to the most important surviving (although incomplete) set of Chinese Buddhist ceramic sculptures. These life-sized figures were discovered during the early 20th century in a cave at Yixian, Hebei province, and are now distributed around the world. There has been considerable debate about their date, as well as their original location, and Mr. Gillman offers some context for them, providing an overview of Buddhist imagery and ritual artifacts, created of stone, clay and wood, made after the fall of the Tang dynasty. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

nancysteinhardttripMay 19
Thursday, 8:00 am
Bus Trip to Washington, D.C.
Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan
Join Dr. Nancy H. Steinhardt, Penn Museum Curator of Chinese Art and Penn Professor of East Asian Art, on a bus trip to the Freer/Sackler galleries, Washington, DC, to explore Echoes of the Past. Majestic sixth-century Chinese Buddhist sculpture is combined with 3-D imaging technology in this exploration of one of the most important groups of Buddhist devotional sites in early medieval China. Carved into the mountains of northern China, the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan were the crowning cultural achievement of the Northern Qi dynasty (550-77 CE). Once home to a magnificent array of sculptures-monumental Buddhas, divine attendant figures, and crouching monsters framed by floral motifs-the limestone caves were severely damaged in the first half of the twentieth century, when their contents were chiseled away and offered for sale on the international art market. Seating is limited. Admission $80; $60 Penn Museum members.

greatadventuresJune 1
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
"Great Adventures along the Silk Road" Lecture Series
From Venice to Xanadu: Marco Polo's Silk Road Adventure
Dr. Paul M. Cobb, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, offers a look at Marco Polo, one of history's most famous medieval travelers, in this "Great Adventures" lecture. Traveling as a young man from Italy to China, Marco Polo achieved great success at the court of the fearsome Mongol Khan. This lecture examines how his many adventures on the Silk Road prepared him for his career in East Asia. Admission: $10 at the door; $5 with advance registration; free for Penn Museum members with advance registration.

pmatpennmuseumflatJune 8
Wednesday, 6:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum
2nd Wednesday Quizzo
Penn Museum galleries stay open until 8:00 pm, with a half-hour gallery tour at 5:30 pm. Second Wednesdays only, watch or sign up with a team and compete for prizes at Quizzo with Quiztine at 6:00 pm. The Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour specials and light supper until 7:30 pm. The Museum Shop remains open until 8:00 pm. Free with Museum admission donation.

daria_copy_copyJune 22
Wednesday, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summer Wonders
Daria's Worldfest
Penn Museum's Summer Wonder Wednesday morning series, running through August 10, begins with a joyful noise! Children and their families can travel around the world in song with internationally known multi-cultural musician and recording artist Daria. Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou has spent the last two decades performing in the U.S. and around the world. Members of the audience are invited to be part of her world music by playing along on authentic instruments from the four corners of the globe-guiros, buffalo drums, cajones, sekeres, singing bowls and much more. Free with Museum admission donation.

BarakkaJune 22
Wednesday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights
Barakka
The sounds of summer in University City and on Penn's campus just got sweeter. PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series provides musical entertainment from a variety of artists and a unique, verdant outdoor happy hour destination to unwind in after work. The series kicks off with the popular Middle Eastern folk and rock fusion sounds of Barakka. PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series takes place every Wednesday, June 22 through August 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, in the Penn Museum's lush Warden Garden (indoors in inclement weather). Event occurs rain or shine. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.

sethImagewithPathJune 29
Wednesday, 10:30am - 11:30am
Summer Wonders
Chariot of the Sun
Children and their families are invited to meet the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology! Using a combination of poetry, masks, mime, and skillful audience participation, Chariot of the Sun brings three classic tales to life. Experience a dynamic presentation that offers an accessible and fun introduction to the stories of ancient Greece. Admission: Free with Museum admission donation.


Animus_copyJune 29
Wednesday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights
Animus
PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series provides musical entertainment from a variety of artists and a unique, verdant outdoor happy hour destination to unwind in after work. Animus brings an exciting fusion of ancient and modern music featuring traditional elements of Greek, Rock, Middle Eastern, Blues, Indian, Jazz, Latin, Jewish Klezmer, African, and more. Audience members experience a variety of grooves and tribal rhythms from this internationally acclaimed ensemble. Event occurs rain or shine. Admission: Pay-what-you-want.


The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 12, 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered select Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger; "pay-what-you-want" the last hour before closing. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000. For group tour information call (215) 746-8183.

 

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