- Sunday, April 22, 2012
- 02:00 PM–04:00 PM
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a ninety-minute television documentary, takes the viewer to nine countries (Egypt, Israel, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran, Spain, Mali and India) and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing riches of Islamic art and architecture.
Narrated by Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon, the film examines the art of religious life in the Islamic world—the soaring beauty of the Mosque—as well as the hidden life inside palaces of the princes and the elite. In secular art, the power of the rulers, the love of poetry, the beauty of the garden, and the joys of everyday life are represented in an extraordinarily rich array of metalwork, sculpture and ornament.
Co-produced by Unity Productions Foundation, a Maryland foundation whose mission is peace through media, the film provides a window into a tradition of increasing importance to us and sheds light on the shared histories between western and Islamic culture—revealing over time much more continuity than division. This documentary is produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Gardner, who lives in Baltimore.
Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Museum and Amy Landau, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts appear in the film, along with manuscripts from the collection.
About the Producer Director
Documentary filmmaker Robert Gardner has been nominated for an Academy Award, won three National Emmy Awards, four regional Emmys, a duPont Columbia Award for Journalistic Excellence, the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Science Journalism Award for Television, and a variety of other awards. He has produced commercial and public television for over twenty-five years and lectured on non-fiction television at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, The American Film Institute, The American University, and Wesleyan University.
Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Date: 10/06/13 - 01/05/14
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: 06:00 PM - 07:45 PM
The second film in our three-part Egyptomania Film Series, Bubba Ho-Tep is a cult classic that tells the “true” story of what really became of Elvis Presley. Starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis, and Ossie Davis as John F. Kennedy Jr., the story begins at the Shady Rest Retirement Home in Texas where both are now spending their days. When mysterious deaths start occurring in the home, it’s up to these two old legends to show they have what it takes to defeat a 3,000 year old soul-sucking mummy!