Penn Museum Announces September/October Special Exhibitions

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Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania

September 13, 2008 through September 9, 2009

Once the undisputed lords of southeastern Pennsylvania, the Lenape Indians largely disappeared from the state's history after their forced migration westward in the 1700s. Although the academic community and some members of the Western Lenape communities maintain that no Lenape remained in Pennsylvania at the close of the 18th century, their position is belied by the existence of direct descendants of Lenape people who chose to stay in Pennsylvania. Though some of these Lenape people intermarried with European settlers, members of this lineage have secretly upheld their Native traditions and identity for more than two hundred years.

This exhibition, organized by Penn Museum together with the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, features more than 60 objects from the private collections of Lenape people in Pennsylvania, and about a dozen, largely archaeological objects, from the collections of Penn Museum. Ancient masks, dolls, jewelry, and other traditional arts are featured, as well as a number of once-secret family heirlooms, rich with hidden Lenape symbolism, dating from the early 19th century. The exhibition also addresses the activities and aspirations of the Lenape of Pennsylvania today, as members of the community speak out through a short video. The Jacqueline W. and John C. Hover II Gallery

Himalaya: Land of the Snow Lion
October 4, 2008 through March 1, 2009

Baldeck explores the territory, often called "between heaven and earth," encompassing ethnic, cultural and historical Tibet, which stretches from the western Himalaya mountains of Ladakh (northern India), to Bhutan, the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and east into Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Her photographs offer a compelling look at an ancient, mostly Buddhist world through portraiture, landscapes, architecture and still life. These invite the viewer to share in her personal, often intimate, journey, exploring the texture and rhythm of human life in these harsh and remote mountains, once isolated, now increasingly exposed to the forces of societal

Surviving: The Body of Evidence
Through May 3, 2009

Penn Museum takes an up close and personal look at the scientific study of evolution with this challenging new traveling exhibition that puts you—and your fellow humans—at the center of the inquiry, on a journey of self-discovery.

Surviving, an interactive, multimedia exhibition supported in large part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, begins with the premise that you—and your fellow humans-—are survivors. Your body holds the evidence. The process of evolution and its outcomes have had a profound impact on every aspect of your daily lives. And the process continues. This exhibition kicked off a city-wide programming initiative: now through May 2009, Penn, Penn Museum, and other Philadelphia cultural organizations join together to present a Year of Evolution programming for the public, with details online at www.yearofevolution.org 3rd floor.

Penn in the World: Twelve Decades at the University of Pennsylvania Museum
Through September 28, 2008

Penn Museum has built its reputation across the decades and throughout the world as a sponsor of groundbreaking fieldwork and a center for research and education. This exhibition, organized by an interdisciplinary Halpern-Rogath Curatorial Seminar of undergraduate and graduate students, brings together material from the Museum’s own archives and collections, the University archives, and the Architectural Archives to tell the still-evolving story of a grand building and the unique, international institution that it was designed to house. Using historic photographs, original documents, architectural drawings, and a selection of artifacts from some of the Museum’s most renowned historic expeditions, “Penn in the World” weaves together diverse narratives of the Museum’s long history. 2nd floor Dietrich Gallery.

LONG TERM EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES. Penn Museum has three floors of galleries with cultural materials from around the world. Exhibitions include:

“Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur: Selected Objects,” "Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans," the Upper and Lower Egyptian galleries, “Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun,” "The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science," the Chinese Rotunda, "Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition," "Canaan and Ancient Israel," "Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People," "Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache," and galleries with materials from the Islamic World, Mesoamerica, Africa, and Polynesia. -- www.museum.upenn.edu

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