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Events December 15, 2013

Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013–Sunday, April 13, 2014
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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Painter Jacob Lawrence is known for using a series format to render in colorful expressive imagery and text the narrative stories of historical African American figures like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Each of the eight works on view in Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series (1990) describes a passage from the book of Genesis in the King James version of the Bible.

Watch Conservators at Work

Date: Friday, October 4, 2013–Monday, October 20, 2014
Every Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 12:30 PM–04:00 PM
Every Fri, Sat, Sun

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Did you know that people who preserve and restore artwork are called art conservators? Watch a conservator at work in the galleries. Inquire at the Information Desk about times and locations.

Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013–Sunday, January 5, 2014
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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The Book of the Faiyum is an exquisitely illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt. One of the most intriguing ancient representations of a place ever found, the papyrus depicts the Faiyum oasis, located to the west of the Nile, as a center of prosperity and ritual. Egyptian jewelry, papyri, statues, reliefs and ritual objects will illuminate the religious context that gave rise to this enigmatic text, which celebrates the crocodile god Sobek and his special relationship with the Faiyum.

Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013–Sunday, May 18, 2014
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM
Every Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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During the late 19th and early 20th century, fine book binding enjoyed a golden age of creativity and lavish decoration. These handmade, individual and highly personal objects were made not only to protect the texts they contained, but also to be admired and appreciated as portable decorative masterpieces in their own right.

Drop-In Art Activities: Marvelous Music

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2013–Sunday, December 29, 2013
Every Sat, Sun

Time: 10:00 AM–03:00 PM
Every Sat, Sun

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Bring the beat back as we build instruments together in our art and music studio all December long. Discover your inner rhythm and share it through each tap of your drum. Tune your strings to play sitar scales and ring in the winter season by shaking your jingle bells! Become a little luthier this month and discover painted and sculpted instruments throughout the museum. Every Saturday and Sunday! No registration is required. Drop-in, make and take a fantastic piece of art home with you!

Carolers on the Court

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time: 01:00 PM–04:00 PM

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join us for a festive afternoon filled with holiday goodies and all-around merriment! This year we welcome back Joyous Voices, an a capella caroling ensemble, dressed in Dickens-era costumes, who sing an impressive repertoire of traditional Christmas melodies ranging from Medieval and Victorian to popular favorites.

Walk-In Tour: The Christmas Story in Art

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time: 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

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In the spirit of the season, come enjoy a free, docent-led tour examining religious art that celebrates the story of Christmas! Tour will feature Renaissance and Baroque paintings depicting the birth of Christ. No reservations are required; simply walk in and enjoy!


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Collateral Damage: The Fate of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict

Date: 09/21/14

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.

Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Language of Shape

Date: 09/27/14

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.

The Art of Ancient Hairdressing

Date: 10/02/14

Time: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

See ancient sculpture in a whole new way through the eyes of hairdressing archaeologist Janet Stephens. Find out how ancient Greeks and Romans created their elaborate and beautiful hairstyles without hairspray, bobby pins, or even shampoo!

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