Inside the Peabody Museum March 2016

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Iconoclasm, Clay Flutes, and Museums in Tanzania

Australian Film Screenings

Throne for an Egyptian Queen

Invitation from a Partner Museum


//, Family Clay Flute Workshop, and Museums in Tanzania

March is filled with Peabody Museum events, starting with the public talk "Destroying Images" (March 1), which will take a close look at the history of the destruction of images in western art and culture, including museums' role in preserving controversial objects. An Australian film series co-sponsored with the Harvard Art Museums follows (see the next story). Both the "Clay Flute Family Workshop" (March 12, advance registration required) and the lecture/performance "Reviving the Ancient Sounds of Mesoamerican Ocarinas" (March 31) are inspired by the current exhibition Ocarinas of the Americas, while two more public lectures explore vastly different cultures: "Citadel Culture" (March 9) about the famed South Carolina military academy, and "Museums in Tanzania" (March 24) about the history, transformation, and impact of the six institutions that comprise the national museum there. See the events calendar for a full listing and all the details.

“Destruction of icons in Zurich 1524” by Anonymous - “Panorama de la Renaissance” by Margaret Aston. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https:// 

Ten Canoes film screeningAustralian Film Screenings

Thirteen objects from the Peabody Museum are featured in Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, a new exhibition at Harvard Art Museums. Showcasing more than 70 works drawn from public and private collections in Australia and the United States, the exhibition explores the ways in which time is embedded within Indigenous artistic, social, historical, and philosophical life. Many of the works have never been displayed outside Australia.

Join us for a related film screening with the exhibition's curator on Thursday, March 3. Ten Canoes explores an ancestral Indigenous story from Australia with a poignant message about the responsibilities of men as husbands and statesmen. Directed by Rolf de Heer, the film—the first Australian feature with dialogue in an Indigenous language, interweaves past and present using both color and black-and-white scenes inspired by the photographs of Donald Thomson, an anthropologist who worked in Arnhem Land in the mid-1930s. 

See Harvard Art Museums' website for two more Australian films in this series.

Recreated chair of Queen Hetepheres

Throne for an Egyptian Queen

From thousands of tiny, jumbled fragments and 90-year old expedition records, first came a 3D digital representation of an ancient Egyptian queen's throne, and then a fully constructed chair of cedar, blue tile, and gold. The reproduction chair is the centerpiece of a new exhibit, Recreating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres, now on view indefinitely at our neighbor, the Harvard Semitic Museum at 6 Divinity Avenue. Stop by to learn the full story of this experiment in archaeological visualization and see the throne for yourself.

Image copyright The Giza Project, Harvard University.

GizaInvitation from a Partner Museum

The director of the Harvard Semitic Museum and members of the Giza Project team would like your input for a yet-to-be-created website about ancient Egypt.  Completing the anonymous online form takes about five minutes. Register to win a beautifully illustrated copy of the book, 30-Second Ancient Egypt now through March 5.

Photo by Roderick Eime. Creative Commons license.

See what's coming up in the Calendar of Events.