Inside the Peabody Museum: March 2013

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Time and Time Again New Exhibition

New Family Workshop: Playing and Learning Latin Rhythms

New Exhibition: Time and Time Again

Poster of Scientific Instrument Exhibit

Explore the concept of time in unexpected places at the Peabody and at the three other Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments). It's all part of the new exhibition Time and Time Again: How Science and Culture Shape the Past, Present, and Future, opening March 6.

Throughout human history, few ideas have eluded clear definition more than the concept of time. Time-related verbs abound: we find it, keep it, measure it, obey it, take advantage of it, waste it, save it, even kill it. We use common notions of it to construct and organize our lives, and yet, do we really know what time is?

Time and Time Again will draw upon materials from several of Harvard's important museum and library collections to explore answers given to that question in various ages by different world cultures and disciplines.

The exhibition will be based at Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (in the Science Center, just north of Harvard Yard), and each of the other Harvard Museums of Science and Culture will have objects on display in the exhibition, as well as in their own galleries.

At the Peabody, Hopi kiva murals from Arizona reveal time in the 14 different layers of plastered and repainted murals. Elsewhere in the Museum, a succession of 16 Maya rulers are portrayed on a 19th-century plaster cast known as Altar Q. Visitors will be able to discover various aspects of time embedded in exhibitions with the help of a self-guide and a forthcoming smartphone app.

More Peabody time-related objects will be on view at the nearby Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, including a mask and headdress from boys' initiation rites and calendars from across the globe.

Learn more about the exhibition and gallery hours.

New Family Workshop: Playing and Learning Latin Rhythms

Maura Mendoza

Maura performs with jazz guitar player Jeremy Quick. Image courtesy Maura Mendoza.

In "Ding-Dong, Quien Es*? Playing and Learning Latin Rhythms," Maura Mendoza adapts her world music repertoire to introduce children to Latin American rhythms in a fun and interactive style. She performs Latin American children's classics, and shows how to keep the beat with the egg shaker, tambourine, and maracas. Children have an opportunity to make their own maracas and take them home.

With a rich background influenced by her upbringing in El Salvador and Panama, Maura grew up in a family that welcomed artists and musicians from Latin America. Her music is the result of this musical heritage.

Workshop tickets are free with Museum admission. Reserve workshop tickets online (reservations required). Recommended for toddlers up to age 7, accompanied by an adult.

*Ding-dong, who is it?



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March 6



Knotted Cord Records and Documents in Colonial Peru: Is this ‘Rosetta’ Khipu?
Gary Urton, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies in the Archaeology program and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University
Presented by the Andes Initiative at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

March 14

6:00 pm


Everyday Life in Colonial Peru: Archaeology and Texts of an Early Town
Jeffrey Quilter, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

March 16

12:30 pm

Family Workshop

Ding-Dong, ¿Quién Es? Playing and Learning Latin Rhythms
Workshop tickets free with Museum admission. Reserve workshop tickets online (recommended).

April 5

6:00 pm


Divination Through the History of Dreaming
Kimberley C. Patton, Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, Harvard Divinity School

April 20

1:00 pm

Performance and Family Workshop

Japanese Theater Masks
Tickets available online March 29