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  • 11 Sep 2012 10:38 AM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)
    Astronomy meets Art in Africa!

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2:00 -- 4:00 PM
    AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART, ON THE MALL

    Learn about the mystery and science of the stars revealed through African artists from ancient Egypt to the present day. We are pleased to offer a unique double program in collaboration with staff at the National Museum of African Art through their ongoing exhibit “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts.”  Cultural anthropologist and author Dr. Deirdre LaPin will screen her acclaimed film “Sons of the Moon,” which describes how the Ngas of central Nigeria view the moon as the regulating power of all life. Their simple observatories align natural elements that enable men and women to “meet” the new harvest moon once a year. Their structures may be the last traditional observatories that, like ancient Stonehenge, are still regularly used for ritual purposes.

    Following the film and discussion, Museum staff will guide us through the exhibit “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts.” Created by Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer, the Museum’s chief curator and deputy director, this is the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts.  The exhibition of some 100 remarkable objects considers how the sun, moon and stars and celestial phenomena serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African arts from ancient times to the present.

    The film screening and discussion will begin promptly at 2:00 in the Auditorium on the Museum’s sublevel 2, followed by the guided tour of the exhibit on the same level. For more on the celebrated “African Cosmos” show and the film visit the website at http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/csmos/index.html.  You may also read the review of the Exhibition from The New York Times by Holland Cotter published 31 August 2012 at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/31/arts/design/african-cosmos-at-national-museum-of-african-art.html?pagewanted=all.

    DIRECTIONS:  The Museum of African Art is located on the National Mall at 950 Independence Avenue, SW. Nearest Metrorail station is Smithsonian on the Blue and Orange lines.  Take the Mall exit and go west along Jefferson Drive toward  the kiosk and turn right through the Enid Haupt Garden toward the Museum located behind the Castle. Limited parking is also available on Independence Avenue and Jefferson Drive.

    Please note: Program will begin promptly at 2:00 PM.
  • 08 Feb 2011 11:05 AM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    WHAT:          “Underwater Archaeology: Excavation at the Mazotos Shipwreck in Cyprus,” an illustrated lecture presented by Dr. Stella Demesticha, maritime archaeologist, University of Cyprus

    WHEN:          Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    WHERE:        Baird Auditorium, Ground Floor

    Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
    10th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW   (Constitution Avenue entrance)

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    In association with the exhibition, Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus will present an illustrated lecture in the museum’s Baird Auditorium on Feb. 17.

    Dr. Stella Demesticha, a maritime archaeologist with the University of Cyprus, will discuss the discovery and excavation of a fourth century B.C. shipwreck in Mazotos, Cyprus.

    The ship, discovered three years ago, was loaded with wine from Chios, one of the most expensive and sought-after Greek wines in antiquity. The University of Cyprus, in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and the THETIS Foundation, organized the first Cypriot underwater project and recently began excavation at the site.

     

    This excavation is expected to shed light on ancient seafaring and sea routes, commerce in the region, the sizes and gear of cargo ships, the living conditions on board and much more.

     

    Dr. Demesticha will share stories of the excavation dives and photographs of her team’s discoveries.

    The exhibition, Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations, is on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History through May 1, 2011.
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