Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Firey Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea at PEM

We are so excited about this new exhibit that is opening this weekend at PEM, just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel. Here are some details:

Saturday, March 27th 9:30 am - 3 pm

Opening Weekend –– Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Members-only Gallery Talks (It's really easy to become a member) 9:30 am
Meet at the information desk Reservations by March 26th Members only, $15
Curator Daniel Finamore talks about newly discovered Maya connections to the sea as revealed by ancient works of art.

Docent-led Gallery Talk 12:30 pm

Meet at the information desk Reservations by March 25th

FILM: Lost Kingdom of the Maya (2001, 60 minutes) 1:30 pm

Over a thousand years ago, one of the world’s most advanced societies vanished, leaving behind temples, the ruins of cities and works of art in the now-overgrown jungles of Mexico and Central America. We call them the Maya. And while the abrupt end of their civilization is still a mystery, the people who live on carry forward some of the ancient traditions. Maya expert George Stuart, whose presentation follows, appears in the film. Reservations by March 25th.

TALK: Surrounded by the Sea, The Ancient Maya & the Power of Water 3 pm

Renowned Maya expert George Stuart reflects upon the role of the sea in the Maya world. Stuart was a major figure at National Geographic magazine for nearly 40 years, where he worked as chairman of the Committee for Research and Exploration, staff archaeologist, vice president for research and exploration and senior assistant editor for archaeology. Stuart participated directly in a number of the most important archaeological investigations of the past 50 years, including mapping of the Maya ruins at Dzibilchaltun and studies of Maya art and writing at Balankanche Cave. He plays a pivotal role in the organization and funding of archaeological research worldwide and is noted for his efforts to ignite interest in research discoveries by making them accessible to the public. He has produced a series of outstanding works that have become classic descriptions of the ancient Maya, including The Mysterious Maya, Lost Kingdoms of the Maya, and Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya (co-authored with his son David, himself an eminent Maya scholar). Reservations by March 25th.

Sunday, March 28th 9:30 am

Members-only Gallery Talk Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea
Meet at the information desk Reservations by March 26th Members only, $15

Curator George Schwartz talks about newly discovered Maya connections to the sea as revealed by ancient works of art.

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Remember -- it is super-simple to become a member. For only a few dollars more than your admission, you can come to every "Members-only" event at PEM all year, enter as many times as you want, and get discounts in the gift shop and the restaurants. The big question is -- why wouldn't you want to do it? You DO!!

I hope to see you there. Or here!

Juli

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