The Michael C. Carlos Museum is a jewel in Atlanta's cultural landscape, bringing visitors in contact with masterworks from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, the Americas, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as prints and drawings from the Middle Ages to the present day, all housed in the stunning spaces of a building by world-renowned architect Michael Graves. To review the permanent exhibits, follow this link.

In addition to the stunning permanent exhibits, an exciting array of special exhibitions (described below), lectures, concerts and programs for children and families make the Carlos Museum a dynamic destination to experience the world's great art.
Follow this link to read about some of the Fall. 2003 events.


An exciting tour of some of Egypt's most important excavated sites, with acclaimed archaelogist Zahi Hawass - appearing at Atlanta's Carlos Museum, October 22, 2003

"SECRETS FROM THE SAND: My Search for Egypt’s Past"

By Zahi Hawass

Zahi Hawass has been described as the “Indiana Jones of Egypt,” with his passionate zeal to reveal the wonders and mysteries of the ancient world. Currently, he is head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, where he is director of the Giza pyramids. He is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and has appeared on numerous American television programs.
Now, coinciding with the publication of his latest book, "SECRETS FROM THE SAND: My Search for Egypt’s Past", Zahi Hawass embarks on a U.S. tour to report on recent archaeological developments in Egypt, including an appearance at Atlanta's Carlos Museum October 22.

In his newest book, Egypt’s leading archaeologist takes readers on a thrilling tour of the many excavated sites he has worked on in his prestigious 33-year career, from the famous monuments at Giza to his well-known discovery of the Valley of the Golden Mummies in Bahariya Oasis. "SECRETS FROM THE SAND: My Search for Egypt’s Past" covers the full array of the work of Zahi Hawass with stunning photographs and his own exciting words.

At Giza, Hawass supervised the restoration of the Sphinx and Great Pyramids, explored the newly discovered tombs of the workers who built the pyramids, and developed a major plan to preserve the site under the tremendous pressures of tourism. At the Valley of the Golden Mummies at the Bahariya Oasis, Hawass discovered the largest concentration of mummies at a single site, many of them adorned with masks of gold.

The work of Zahi Hawass has a personal dimension as well. The author’s Egyptian heritage informs his work as an archaeologist, and his personal commitment to learning as much as possible about his ancestors brings a unique perspective to his writing. An accomplished storyteller, he writes of life in ancient Egypt based on scientific analysis of the excavations. He also tells present-day tales of tomb robbers and digging negotiations, and describes in vivid detail the thrill of being the first person to enter an ancient tomb in thousands of years. In his capable hands stories of archaeological discoveries become tales of adventure and wonder.

In addition to being the most influential archaeologist in Egypt, Hawassi has taught at UCLA, Cairo University, and the American University in Cairo, and he lectures widely throughout the world. He has been featured on numerous television programs – including National Geographic Television, The Today Show and Fox Television. He has received many awards, and is the author of Valley of the Golden Mummies, published by Abrams. Following is the full schedule of his US tour:

October 15 – WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Geographic, Washington, DC

October 19 – NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Museum of Art

October 20 – DALLAS - Southern Methodist University (SMU) – Tate Lecture Series

October 21 – CHICAGO – Art Institute of Chicago (in association with The Field Museum)

October 22 – ATLANTA - Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

November 12 – NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Contact the individual venues for details.

Special Exhibition October 18, 2003 through January 4, 2004:

Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt

JEWISH LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT t is a remarkable exhibition built around a family archive of papyri from the Fifth Century B.C. from the world renowned collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Written between 447 and 402 B.C., the papyri reveal Egyptian daily life during Dynasty 27 (525-402 BC) - the period of Persian rule in Egypt and the Near East - in the family of Ananiah, a priest in the Jewish Temple in Egypt, and his wife Tamut, an Egyptian slave.

The papyri have survived for two and a half thousand years. The nearly miraculous preservation of this group of ancient papyri offers a fascinating look at the life of an early Jewish family living in a settlement on Elephantine Island in the Nile River in the century following the Babylonian captivity.

Elephantine was Egypt's southern commerical and communications center. It was in this cosmopolitan community that Ananiah lived, married, and brought up a family. After the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, the Jews who escaped the Babylonians built a temple on the island and during this remarkabe period lived peacefully with Egyptians, Nubians, Greeks, and Persians.

The records of daily life in this exhibition range from the marriage document of Ananiah and Tamut, dated July 3, 449 BC, to freedom from slavery for Tamut, dated June 12, 427 BC, to Ananiah's gift toTamut of part of a house, dated October 30, 434 BC, and his sale of a house to his son-in-law, dated December 13, 402 BC and to the final payment on Tamut and Ananiah's daughter's wedding gift in 402 BC. Through the records of these events we learn about marriage, labor conditions, real estate, religion and burial in the multi-cultural community on Elephantine Island.

They are written in Aramaic, the daily language of the Jews and Persians in Egypt, that spoken by Jesus, and the original language of the New Testament. Professional scribes, familiar with the legal formulas that were used in real estate transfers, marriage documents and loan documents wrote the body of these papyri using the same materials and reed pens familiar to Egyptians. A close look that the bottom of each papyrus shows that the witnesses signed the documents in their own hands.

While the papyri form the centerpiece, the exhibition also includes nearly 40 rare and beautiful works of ancient Egyptian and Persian art from the Brooklyn Museum's collection, along with several from the Carlos Museum's own holdings, that illustrate the age, such as life-size statues, reliefs, bronze statuettes, silver vessels and gold jewelry. Images of the great kings of Egypt and Persia, as well as Alexander the Great, are featured; these historic figures battled on the world stage while Ananiah and his descendants lived in their remote island home.

The exhibition brings to life the historical context and culture of the period. The community, located on Egypt's southern border, was surprisingly modern in its tolerance of diverse ethnic groups. Intermarriage was common, but the papyri also reveal details of Egyptian slavery and the practice of Judaism in ancient times.

The Persians conquered Babylonia in 539 BC and Egypt became part of their empire in 525 BC. The Persians permitted Jews in Babylon to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple, while other Jews remained in Egypt. In Elephantine, these Jews were members of the mercenary forces guarding Egypt‚s southern frontier. They lived peacefully among the native Egyptians, the Persians and Greek mercenaries in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual society.

Through maps, prints and photographs, the exhibition also highlights the ancient town of Elephantine and the exciting archaeological work currently being conducted there.

Other Special Exhibitions:

Opened July 19, 2003 - The Art of Africa

Africa’s cultural complexity and artistic diversity is celebrated in the third major installation of Sub-Saharan African art from the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. The installation focuses primarily on masks, figural sculptures, weapons, and textiles from West and Central Africa, although several objects from other geographical areas will be on view, including Maconde pottery from Mozambique and a Zaramo diviner’s staff from Tanzania. The exhibition features several outstanding objects, including a rare Mambila shrine screen painted on a canvas of raffia palm pith, a late nineteenth century beaded bowl-carrier figure from the Kom kingdom of Cameroon, and a Mande hunter’s jacket emblazoned with protective objects such as animal and raptor claws, boar’s tusks, and fine tooled leather amulet pouches.

The largest group of objects on display are masks from Nigeria, the Congo and Sierra Leone/Liberia. One of the conversations these masks promote concerns the power of the female presence for many are representations of women. The Igbo, Idoma, Yoruba, and some of the Ibibio and Ogoni masks from Nigeria embody the principles of feminine beauty and spirituality, yet are worn by male dancers impersonating women. By contrast the Sande society masks from Sierra Leone and Liberia not only depict this ideal beauty, but are actually worn by Sande women during the initiation of young girls into womanhood. Yet all these masks, as well as those from the Congo, were carved by male sculptors, using aesthetic principles derived from men’s ideas about female beauty.

Image: Helmet Mask with Female Half Figure. Nigeria, Cross River, Ibibio (or Efik) 20th century. Wood, paint, cloth. 1994.3.11. Gift of William S. Arnett.

August 30, 2003 through January 11, 2004

Travelers in an Antique Land: Artists and Ancient Egypt

The Michael C. Carlos Museum provides Egyptian art enthusiasts yet another opportunity to explore ancient Egypt, this time through a new selection from its extensive collection of works on paper. Travelers in an Antique Land: Artists and Ancient Egypt will be on view from August 30, 2003 through January 11, 2004 in the Works on Paper Study Room in the permanent galleries on the Museum's first floor.

To complement the temporary special exhibitions Ramesses I: The Search for the Lost Pharaoh (through September 14) and Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt (October 18-January 4), the exhibition includes ten prints, drawings and watercolors of Egyptian sites and motifs by six artists of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rare volumes, on loan from the Special Collections of the Robert W. Woodruff Library, which describe some of the earliest explorations of Egypt by western Europeans, will also be on view.

Just as visitors today flock to see the Museum's mummies, so have travelers throughout the ages been intrigued by Egypt and its monuments. Accounts of the wonders of Egypt date back to the time of Herodotus, the father of history, in the fifth century BC, and following Augustus Caesar's defeat of Anthony and Cleopatra in 31 BC, the citizens of Rome indulged in a fashionable craze for all things Egyptian. Obelisks and sculpture were carried back to the city, and private houses weredecorated with hieroglyphs and sphinxes.

This same intense interest in the art and architecture of the land of the pharaohs began to manifest itself again in the eighteenth century when some of the first visitors of the modern era began to explore the Nile. Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778) never actually visited Egypt, but the three etchings in the exhibition demonstrate his fascination with the Egyptian artifacts that remained in Rome from ancient times. His illustration of the Pyramid of Cestius joins detailed archaeological knowledge with imaginative interpretation in the portrayal of a monument inspired by Egypt.

Later artists who traveled to Egypt also combined scientific accuracy and romantic atmosphere in their works in varying degrees. When savants and artists accompanied the soldiers in Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798, a systematic exploration and representation of the ancient monuments began. Artists made meticulous illustrations of archaeological sites, as seen for example in the Pyramids of Meroë by Ernst Weidenbach (German, 1818-82). The lithograph was originally published in the 1840s in the Monuments of Egypt and Ethiopia, the record of the great scholar Karl Richard Lepsius‚s efforts to unlock the secrets of the ancient civilization.

The Scottish painter David Roberts (1796-1864) went to Egypt in the 1830s in search of new and colorful subject matter. Lithographs made from his drawings, published in a first folio edition in the 1840s, manifest a heightened drama in the depiction of light and atmosphere surrounding desert tombs and temples. Later Frederick Arthur Bridgman (American, 1847-1928) also made a personal journey to Egypt in search of exotic themes to incorporate in his paintings of the fashionable Orientalist style. Bridgman's 1874 watercolor of the interior of the Temple of Isis at Philae has archaeological as well as artistic interest, since he has preserved all the delicate color of the painted decoration, which today is lost.

Span the Globe and the Centuries at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

To travel swiftly through the millennia and across the globe, visit the Carlos Museum at Atlanta's prestigious Emory University, where time travel seems an imminent possibility. This Museum is known to maintain the largest collection of ancient art in the southeast, with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, Asia and the ancient Americas; the Carlos is also home to celebrated collections of 19th and 20th century sub-Saharan African art and European and American works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

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For an overview of each of the Permanent Collections, click on the images below:


Galleries of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian Art

This new permanent installation will feature the important Carlos Museum acquisition of a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts purchased primarily with funds donated by the citizens of Atlanta. Coming from the Niagara Falls Museum in Canada, the objects include sumptuously decorated coffins - among the finest known from ancient Egypt, Canopic jars, amulets, shawabtis, jewelry, reliefs and more. The objects represent an overview of the development of funerary art in ancient Egypt at its most inventive and prolific period.

Image: Coffin of Tahat - Egypt. Twenty-first Dynasty, ca. 1070-946 B.C. Painted wood. This exquisite coffin belonged to the Lady Tahat, a chantress in the temple of the god Amun at Karnak. Such women (who were usually of high rank, as this unusually fine coffin indicates) served in temples not as priests, but as chantresses, or singers, who presumably played instruments and recited hymns to the gods. On the coffin lid the lady Tahat, adorned with her finest jewelry, is bedecked in a full wig and surrounded by protective gods and symbols. The breathtakingly lovely scenes delictely painted on the sides of her coffin depict mythological scenes, and Tahat being judged in the underworld and being reborn into eternal life. This coffin is the most beautiful in the Niagara Collection and one of the finest to be found anywhere in the world.

The Collector’s Eye: Masterpieces of Egyptian Art

Funerary and cult objects, cosmetic equipment, architectural
elements, royal and private sculpture dating from the Predynastic period to the time of Cleopatra, compose this unequalled special exhibition. These items on loan from the Thalassic Collection, Ltd., courtesy of Theodore and Aristea Halkedis, are making their first public appearance.

The Thalassic collection is one of the finest private collections of ancient Egyptian art to be found anywhere in the world. With more than 175 objects, the collection ranges from monumental statues of pharaohs and their queens to exquisitely crafted amulets and jewels.

Image: Recumbent Sphinx. Egypt, Dynasty 25 or 26, 760-525 BC.

Ancient Near Eastern Art

The Near Eastern collections of the Carlos Museum embody the legacy of the ancient Near East from the beginnings of agriculture and writing to the growth of the first cities and empires.

The Near Eastern collections are wide-ranging geographically and embrace the regions and ancient cultures of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and parts of Syria), ancient Iran, the Levant (countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean), Anatolia, (Turkey), and Northwest Africa.

The history of the collections reflects the interest and development of Near Eastern archaeology during the 20th century and includes objects acquired by Emory professor William Arthur Shelton in the 20s as part of his participation in the expeditions of the American Scientific Mission, material from Dame Kathleen Kenyon's excavations of the ancient site of Jericho, and objects from Edwin Link's investigations in the harbor of Caesarea Maritima in the 60's.

Image: Syro-Hittite, 2000 - 1700 B.C. Clay, 5 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (14.8 x 4.6 cm). Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Boone M. Bowen. 1968.226

Sub-Saharan African Art

The Carlos Museum's collection of 19th and 20th century African art offers valuable insight into African artistic expressions in the variety of their forms, functions, and cultures of origin. A majority of the objects come from West Africa, with a focus on the numerous cultures of Nigeria, Benin (formerly Dahomey), and the Cameroon Grassfields. The rest are from the Equatorial Central region of the continent, located mainly in the modern state of Zaïre.
Made from different kinds of materials, the objects in this collection bear evidence of uses in a variety of contexts, both religious and secular. There are figures from personal or family shrines, such as Igbo Ikenga shrine figures, complemented by those used in community shrines, such as the Mambila bark painting. There are examples like the exquisite beaded bowl figure from the Kom kingdom of the Cameroon Grassfields, used by royalty to hold kola nuts for their guests. The collection also includes a wide variety of masks and costumes danced in masquerades which carry religious and cultural significance for participants, including the audience. The works demonstrate important aspects of the worldviews and aesthetic values of their cultures of origin.

Image: Efe/Gelede Headdress, Apasa; Nigeria, Yoruba, Ohori. Late 19th - early 20th centuries A.D. Wood, pigment. 16 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 13 in. (42 x 26 x 33 cm). 1994.4.776

Art of the Ancient Americas

The Carlos Museum's collection of art of the ancient Americas is substantial, consisting of more than 1,900 pieces: over 1,300 from the William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau collection and nearly 500 from the Laurence C. and Cora W. Witten II Collection. The Museum is fortunate in the breadth and depth of the collection as a whole. All three principal cultural centers of the Americas are represented: Mesoamerica, Central America, and the Andes. Most of the important art-producing cultures --from the West Mexico to the Maya and Aztec, from Honduras to Panama, from the Chavín to the Inca-- can be appreciated during a visit to the permanent collection galleries. The Carlos Museum's collections are unusually strong in ancient Costa Rica, featuring over 600 works from all periods.

Image: Jaguar Cup: Central America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste-Nicoya, Pataky. Polychrome, Pataky Variety. Period VI, A.D. 1000 - 1550. Ceramic, 12 1/16 x 8 7/8 in. diameter (30.2 x 22.2 cm diameter). 1991.4.337

Asian Art - The Arts of India and the Himalayas:
Recent Acquisitions

Asian art has long had a place among the Carlos Museum’s collections,but the pace of this collecting activity has accelerated greatly in the last year with the opening of new gallery space. A schedule of long-term, rotating exhibitions is planned for the new gallery, beginning with its first installation, The Arts of India and the Himalayas: Recent Acquisitions. Aided principally by the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation, the Museum has acquired works of Asian art with a special interest in South Asia, the focus of the gallery’s inaugural installation. Featured works include a majestic late 1st-early 2nd century seated Buddha from Mathura in India, one of the most important such works in an American museum, and an 11th-12th century high relief sculpture of a rare, cosmic form of eighteen-armed Vishnu with numerous swaying attendants, a stunning example of the elegance and sophistication of Indian medieval sculpture.

Some of the finest bronze sculptures ever created were produced by artisansworking under the Chola Dynasty of South India between the ninth and thirteenth centuries; a sophisticated dancing Krishna from late in this period can be seen in The Arts of South Asia and the Himalayas. A 10th-century bronze Jain altar representing the Jina Rishabhanatha enshrined, a gift of Kellstadt Professor of Marketing Jagdish Sheth of Emory’s Goizueta Business School and his wife Madhu, offers eloquent testimony of the third great religious tradition to originate in India

Image: Figure of the goddess Lhamo: Densatil Buddhist Monastery, Central Tibet. 15th century. Bronze. 2001.19.1. Ester R. Portnow Collection of Asian Art, a Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation.

Classical Art

The Carlos Museums collection of classical art includes objects ranging in date from the Bronze Age (3rd-2nd millennia B.C.) through the Roman period (3rd century A.D.). Since 1983, thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Carlos and other donors, the Greek and Roman collection has grown exponentially and is well recognized as an important resource for education and the study of the classical world.

Each item in the collection speaks eloquently of classical culture to schoolchildren, university students, scholars, and the general public alike. Objects such as the Apulian krater by the Underworld Painter and the Athenian hydria with scenes of Herakles reveal the pervasive influence of mythology, while the white-ground lekythos by the Thanatos Painter and the kylix by the Painter of the Paris Gigantomachy reflect elements of Greek daily life. The Geometric horse and Hellenistic statuette of Alexander or Hermanubis show the virtuosity of Greek metalwork through the ages. The head of the Diadoumenos and statue of Leda are Roman versions of Greek sculptures, suggesting both the power of the originals (most of which are lost today) and the continuing appeal of Greek art into the Roman period. Finally, the sarcophagus indicates the originality and skill present in Roman art during the empire. Together, these objects and others in the Carlos Museum's galleries proclaim the enduring beauty and allure of classical art.

Image: Statue of a Horse. Greek, from Olympia. Geometric Period, ca. 750-700 B.C. Bronze. Carlos Collection of Ancient Greek Art. 1984.5

Works of Art on Paper

Medieval illuminated manuscripts, woodcuts by Albrecht Durer, etchings by Piranesi, drawings by Delacroix , and lithographs by Robert Rauschenberg are all to be found in the Carlos Museum's Works on Paper Collection. The 3,000 works of European and American art span six centuries and consist mainly of drawings, prints, and photographs, but also include some sculpture, paintings, and works in other media. The Art History Department of Emory University began the collection in 1967, and faculty members continue to play an active role in the acquisitions for the Museum. The Carlos Museum has also benefited from numerous donations from private collectors, many of them Emory alumni, as well as from Emory faculty and diverse friends based in Atlanta and elsewhere. These donations-encompassing 19th-century and modern photography, Renaissance and 17th -century reproductive prints, American Regionalist lithography, contemporary art and other areas-have enriched the Museum's collection immeasurably. It is an encyclopedic collection from all fields of European and American art, designed to provide both instruction and delight.

Image: The Colosseum - Giovanni Basttista Piranesi, 1761; Italian etching. From Le vedute di Roma. Art History Department Fund. 1997.6


The Michael C. Carlos Museum's calendar of events for September, October and November is packed with great offerings relating to the Ramesses I exhibition and the mummy's impending return to Egypt, the Museum's new, permanent African art exhibition, the upcoming special exhibition Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt (with several Jewish Book Month events), Halloween, and more. Events are free and open to the public, except where noted.


Wednesday, October 22, 6 PM, Book signing; 7 PM, Lecture - Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 North Decatur Road
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt's general director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Giza pyramids excavation, will give a lecture titled Secrets of the Pyramids and sign copies of his new book, SECRETS OF THE SANDS: MY SEARCH FOR EGYPT'S PAST. This very special event is part of the celebration surrounding the return of the Ramesses I mummy to Egypt as a gift from the Museum and the city of Atlanta. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through the Arts at Emory Box Office by calling 404-727-5050. Museum members can receive free tickets. Tickets will be sold at the door only based on availability. Secrets of the Sands will be available in the Bookshop beginning in late September and will be sold at the event (hardcover; $40).

Saturday, November 1, 11 AM, Reception Hall
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Carlos Museum invite you to come in a costume and collect some treats at this annual program of fun (and scary!) music for violin and piano. Tickets are $4 and are available at the Arts at Emory Box Office by calling 404-727-5050. Carlos Museum members at the Family level and above receive up to four free tickets to each of this season's family concerts!


Thursday, October 2, 7 PM, Reception Hall
Dr. Babatunde Lawal, professor of African and African diaspora art in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University, will give this lecture in conjunction with the Museum's new permanent exhibition of nineteenth and twentieth century African art.

Friday, October 3-Sunday, October 5, Reception Hall
This free interdisciplinary conference, organized by the classics department at Emory, will bring together experts in ancient cosmology, mechanics, medicine, mathematics, philosophy and history to discuss the ways in which scientific disciplines were conceptualized, debated and practiced in this period. For more information and complete conference schedule, please visit

Thursday, October 9, 7 PM, Reception Hall
Dr. Dyfri Williams, keeper of Greek and Roman antiquities at the British Museum, will deliver this year's Laszlo-Excalibur Lecture. The John Laszlo, M.D. Excalibur Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Dr. Laszlo's family and friends in honor of his retirement from the American Cancer Society. Free.

Tuesday, October 21, Noon, Reception Hall - Food for Thought Lunchtime Lecture. Note: Caffè Antico offers gourmet boxed lunches for $6 at all Food for Thought programs or participants may bring their own.
Betsy Teasley Trope, a Carlos Museum Egyptologist and curator, will discuss a Twenty-fifth Dynasty Egyptian sculpture of a private person, purchased by Emory University in honor of retiring President William Chace.

Tuesday, October 21, 7 PM, Reception Hall
The Archaeological Institute of America and the Carlos Museum welcome Dr. Minolas Korres, professor of architecture and engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, who will discuss the continuing restoration of the Parthenon. Free.

Thursday, October 23, 7 PM, Reception Hall
Dr. Cornelius von Pilgrim, director of the German Archaeological Institute's expedition to Elephantine Island, will give this lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt. Free.

Thursday, October 30, 5:30 PM, Reception Hall

Emory University's Department of Art History and the Carlos Museum welcome Dr. David O'Connor, professor of Egyptian art and archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and curator emeritus of Egyptian Art at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, to give this lecture. Free.

Thursday, October 30, 7 PM, Reception Hall
Emory's Program in Mediterranean Archaeology, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Carlos Museum welcome Dr. Elizabeth Bloch-Smith of St. Joseph's University and the Tel Dor excavations, who will give this lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt. Free.

Thursday, November 6, 7 PM, Reception Hall
Dr. Henry Drewal, professor of art history and Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin, will give this lecture in conjunction with the new permanent exhibition of African art. Free.

Thursday, November 9, 7 PM, Reception Hall
Dr. Jean Yves Empereur, director of the French Center for Alexandrian Studies in Egypt, will discuss his recent underwater excavations at Alexandria. This lecture is made possible by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Free.

Sunday, November 13, 7 PM, Reception Hall
In celebration of Jewish Book Month and the exhibition Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt, the Museum presents an evening with Dr. Melvin Konner, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in Emory's Department of Anthropology. Dr. Konner will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews. Free; book available for purchase.

Tuesday, November 18, Noon, Reception Hall - Food for Thought Lunchtime Lecture. (Note: Caffè Antico offers gourmet boxed lunches for $6 at all Food for Thought programs or participants may bring their own.)
Jessica Stephenson, associate curator of African art, will discuss an exquisitely carved wooden sculpture of an African spirit, a reinterpretation of the Indian popular hero/monkey-god Hanuman, whose image was circulated throughout West Africa by traders in the nineteenth century. The lecture is in conjunction with the Museum's new permanent exhibition of African art. Free.

Thursday, November 20, 7 PM - Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building 1440 Clifton Road
Dr. Edward Bleiberg, associate curator of Egyptian, Classical, and ancient Middle Eastern art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt, will give this lecture, which is co-sponsored by the American Schools of Oriental Research. Free.


Thursday, October 31, Noon, Reception Hall
The Carlos Museum and the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta welcome special guest artists Richard Luby and Claudia Corona for a program of music for violin and piano. Free.

Friday, November 21, Noon, Reception Hall
The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Carlos Museum welcome special guest artist Mika Yoshida performing music for the marimba. Free



Sunday, October 19, 1 to 3 PM, Tate Room and Galleries
Did you know the color of your blue jeans comes from a plant called indigo? Come explore how plants from the African plains and rainforests were used to make natural pigments to adorn festive attire. Textile artist Paula Vester will show participants how to make natural dyes out of the plants in our own backyards. Make a wall hanging colored by beets, cranberries, indigo and carrots! Museum members: $10; non-members: $15. To pre-register with a credit card, please call 404-727-0519.

Sunday, November 2, 1 PM, Tate Room and Galleries
Children will tour the exhibition JEWISH LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT, a collection of 2,500-year-old papyri documenting the life of a family living on Elephantine Island in the Nile River. Afterward, Atlanta artist Miriam Karp, master craftswoman of Hebrew kitubah (marriage certificates) will lead a workshop on commemorating important events in the lives of the young participants. Free.

Sunday, November 16, 1 PM, Tate Room and Galleries
Get ready to mash some pulp as we make all sorts of paper, including the oldest form, papyrus! Papermaker Lisa Hart will show kids how the papyrus plant is pounded into overlapping sheets, creating one of the earliest writing surfaces in civilization. They'll learn how other cultures made paper surfaces out of bark, kozo and mulberry, precursors of the paper we use today and tour Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt to see how papyrus was used to document daily transactions in Egypt.
Workshop for Children. Museum members: $10; non-members: $15. To pre-register with a credit card, please call 404-727-0519.

Sunday, November 23, 2 PM, Reception Hall
Children's Workshop and Book Signing with Marion Broida
In celebration of the Jewish Book Month and the exhibition the Carlos Museum welcomes Marion Broida, author of the popular children's activity book ANCIENT EGYPTIANS AND THEIR NEIGHBORS. Ms. Broida will sign her books and work with children to make Egyptian armbands and ankle bracelets, projects featured in her new book, Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors. Both books will be available for sale. Museum members: $5; non-members: $7. To pre-register for the event with a credit card, please call 404-727-0519.


To register, please call Julie Green at 404-727-2363 or Museum members: $10; non-members: $15.

Wednesday, September 17, 4:30 TO 6:30 PM, Tate Room and Galleries
Jessica Stephenson, associate curator of African art, will lead teachers through the new exhibition of works from the Museum's permanent collection, comparing work from several groups in West and Central Africa. Workshop for Teachers.

Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Tate Room and Galleries
Laura Brannen, Ph.D. candidate in Emory's art history department, will look at the roles of women in the ancient Americas as seen in the Carlos Museum's permanent collection. Workshop for Teachers.

Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Tate Room and Galleries

The exhibition Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt provides an opportunity to link the ancient story of a multi-cultural, multi-lingual society in ancient Egypt with the diverse world culture of today. Teachers will learn to make this ancient story relevant to their classrooms by participating in programs from the National Conference for Community and Justice. Workshop for Teachers.

Thursday, November 20, 7 to 8:30 PM and Saturday, November 22, 9 AM to 6:30 PM - Reception Hall

Teachers can experience the excitement of archaeology with the experts from the American Schools of Oriental Research, including children's book author Marian Broida, Egyptologist Dr. Ellen Bedell, archaeologist Dr. Neal Bierling, and the Burke Museum's Dr. Gloria London. Teachers will tour Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt and will be invited to a lecture by curator Dr. Edward Bleiberg of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Tours, hands-on activities, and lectures will give teachers new ideas to help students become part of the process of historical discovery. Museum members: $40; non-members: $50.To register, please call Julie Green at 404-727-2363 or Staff Development Course for Teachers.


Thursday, September 18, 7 PM, Reception Hall

The Program in Visual Arts at Emory and the Carlos Museum present a film by Thomas Riedelsheimer about the Scottish artist who builds elaborate installation pieces out of Mother Nature's flotsam and jetsam in its own natural habitat.


HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays.

ADMISSION: $5 donation. Check each event for admission fees. Phone: 404-727-4282. Web site:

LOCATION: 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322, on the Quadrangle of Emory University, near the campus entrance at North Decatur Road and Dowman Drive.

PARKING: In the Fishburne deck and Peavine and Boisfeuillet Jones visitor lots. Shuttle route D runs from Peavine lot every 10 minutes.


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