- Sunday, February 12, 2012
- 02:00 PM–03:00 PM
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Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift exhibition is a broad representation of art from the primary cultures of countries ranging from of ancient Mexico to Bolivia. Its breadth mirrors the collections of Henry Walters which is the foundation of the Walters Museum of Art. The John Bourne Collection follows in the footsteps of Mr. Walters, providing the basis upon which the museum will create a center for the display of, public education about and research on ancient American art and culture. This talk will survey the Bourne collection, highlighting objects of historical, aesthetic and narrative interest. The role of conservation science in the study and display of art also will be discussed, featuring the work of museum conservators Julie Lauffenburger and Jessica Arista.
The talk concludes with a brief biographical sketch of John Bourne and the role he played in the 1946 discovery of the spectacular frescoes at the Maya site of Bonampak, located in the dense jungles of Chiapas, Mexico. Heralded as the Sistine Chapel of the ancient Maya, the murals came to play a seminal role in Mexican national politics of identity during the 1950s, as well as the international politics of archaeological research by foreigners in Mexico.
About the Speaker
Dorie Reents-Budet is curator of the arts of the ancient Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. She has held art history and anthropology faculty positions at The Johns Hopkins University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dorie is also the art historian for the Maya Ceramics Project at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She specializes in Maya ceramic studies, combining the fields of art history, archaeology and nuclear geochemistry.
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Time: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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.
Drop-In Art Activities: Marvelous Music
Date: 12/01/13 - 12/29/13
Time: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
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!
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Time: 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders, and their entire family! Enjoy the collections of the Walters Art Museum during quiet, less stimulating hours. Tour selected galleries, participate in multiple hands-on stations that include tactile activities, visual supports and interpretive materials. Create a work of art in the comfort of a private studio.