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ARCE-PA Presents:
Our Last Two Lectures of the Academic Year

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Anthro Room 345, Penn Museum

Dr. Elizabeth S. Bolman
 Professor of Medieval Art, Department of Art History, 
Tyler School of Art, Temple University

"The Red Monastery Church: 
Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt"

The results of a ten-year conservation project at the Red Monastery church have revealed a fabulously dynamic, painted interior with close aesthetic and iconographic ties to major early Byzantine monuments. The church dates to the late fifth century, a formative period in the history of monasticism. It illustrates one of the earliest conjunctions of spectacular monumental architecture and asceticism, a fusion that has become so familiar that it seems natural. Initially, however, the choice to deploy such tools in a desert community of men who had chosen to leave the world behind was a contentious one.

 Elizabeth Bolman specializes in Late Antique and Byzantine visual culture, and is an Associate Professor of Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine Visual Culture, as well as the Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the MA Program in the Department of Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. 

She received her MA and PhD degrees from Bryn Mawr College. She is the editor and principal author of the award winning book Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2002). She has three books in progress, has published numerous articles, and has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the J. William Fulbright Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks, the American Research Center in Egypt, and many others. 

In 2008 she received the College Art Association Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Preservation, and in 2012 she received the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

This is a free lecture. 

JUNE 6, 2015 - 1 to 5 PM

ARCE-PA's Third Annual June Mini-Seminar:

Hwt Ntjr or "Mansion of the God": A Mini-Seminar on Temples in Ancient Egypt


Dr. Betsy Bryan
 Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University

"The Goddess Mut and her Temple in the Eighteenth Dynasty"

The cult of Mut may well have had its origins in the Middle Kingdom, but her temple at Thebes cannot be surely dated before the Second Intermediate Period. During the Eighteenth Dynasty both her temple and the theological appraisal of the goddess underwent great change. After fifteen years of excavation at the temple and its surrounding dependencies far more is known about the goddess and her sacred center, and this talk will present a summary of those findings.

Dr. Catharine Roehrig
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Curator, Department of Egyptian Art

"The House-of-Amun in the House-of-Rejoicing: Amunhotep III’s Temple of Amun at Malqata"

The site of Malqata is located near the northwest corner of the huge man-made harbor known as the Birket Habu on the west bank of the Nile opposite modern Luxor. The site was first created in year 30 of Amenhotep III for the celebration of his first heb-sed. The king celebrated two more sed-festivals and each time he redesigned and/or expanding the festival city which was known as the House-of-Rejoicing. The northernmost structure of the city is a large enclosure that encompasses a courtyard and terrace in front of a temple identified by the stamped bricks as the House-of-Amun in the House-of-Rejoicing. This structure was probably built for Amenhotep’s second heb-sed and shows signs of having been refurbished for the third festival.  

The temple ruins contained fragments of a nearly life-size diorite statue of Amun, and fragments of 
temple furnishings. The plan of the temple, with its broad terrace and immense open court may have been designed for part of the heb-sed celebrations, but it may also look forward to the more open temple designs created by Akhenaten at Amarna and dedicated to the Aten.

Classroom 2, Penn Museum

For bios of the speakers, go to our Upcoming Events Page

Admission Fees for the Mini-Seminar:
General Admission $20 
Penn Museum members $15 
ARCE-PA & ARCE members, students (with ID), Penn museum staff/faculty $10 
A $2.00 discount will applied for anyone who pre-registers for the seminar at the May 23 lecture or via PayPal on the ARCE-PA web page. 
Paypal preregistration through June 1, 2015.

Pre-registration Prices
Prices in effect until 6/1/15

*Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (Unless otherwise stated)

*Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table (unless otherwise stated). 


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