Saturday, March 2, 2013–Sunday, May 26, 2013
10:00 AM–05:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue focuses on a work of exceptional historical importance jointly owned by the Walters Art Museum and the Yeshiva University Museum: an intricately decorated and inscribed wood panel from a Torah ark, a special cupboard that holds the sacred Jewish scripture. The panel is believed to come from the famous Ben Ezra synagogue of Old Cairo (Fostat), Egypt, which has captivated public imagination for over a century. Associated with the famous medieval thinker Moses Maimonides (1135–1204), the Ben Ezra synagogue is the site of the great 19th-century discovery of the Cairo Geniza, a treasure trove of documents on medieval Jewish life around the Mediterranean. This exhibition presents Geniza documents, photographs of the Ben Ezra synagogue, and art from Jewish and Muslim artisans, together with conservation science research, to relate the fascinating ‘object biography’ of the Walters-Yeshiva ark door.
A version of this exhibition will travel to the Yeshiva University Museum (New York City) October 27, 2013–February 23, 2014 .
This exhibition is supported by The Irving Kohn Foundation and Nancy Kohn Rabin in memory of Josephine Kohn, The Richard S. and Rosalee C. Davison Foundation, The Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, The Himmelrich Family Fund, The ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Gloria and Joseph Askin, Sara and Nelson Fishman, Clara and Michael J. Klein, Phyllis and Harvey Meyerhoff, The Morton B. and Tamara S. Plant Family Foundation, Inc., Rona and Arthur Rosenbaum, Laura and Barrett Freedlander, Jane and Michael Glick, Paula and Roy Hoffberger, Elaine and Philip Zieve, and other generous donors.
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Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue
This show focuses on a work of exceptional historical importance: an intricately decorated and inscribed wood panel believed to come from the famous Ben Ezra synagogue of Old Cairo (Fostat), Egypt, which has captivated public imagination for over a century.
600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201 (The Walters Art Museum)
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Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts
Date: 06/28/14 - 10/12/14
Time: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Composed of approximately twenty manuscripts and objects, Seeing Music
explores music in its relationship with philosophy, religion, and the arts
during the Middle Ages, when musical harmony and dissonance were
thought to mirror the perfection of heaven as well as the disorder of evil.
Collateral Damage: The Fate of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict
Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
The 2003 looting of the Iraq National Museum shocked the world. But
despite new efforts to save world treasures, the loss of cultural property
during armed conflicts is on the rise. Corine Wegener, Smithsonian
Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, will talk about her work as a U.S.
Army “Monuments Man” in Iraq. Terry Drayman-Weisser, the Walters’
Director of Conservation and Technical Research, will describe damage
to Iraq’s ancient Nimrud ivories and continuing efforts to preserve Iraq’s
cultural heritage. Sponsored by the Boshell Foundation.
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Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Language of Shape
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
NEW! Join us for a brand-new family drawing workshop! Young artists are invited to strengthen their observational drawing skills and build their portfolios while exploring works of art in the Walters’ collection. Explore the principles and basic language of shape as we learn to simplify visual complexity. Recommended for ages 9–13 and their favorite adults.