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Past Exhibitions, 1991–2000

2000-2001: Animals in the Kelsey!

2000-2001                                                          VIEW THE EXHIBITION WEBSITE

Love them, hate them, use them, abuse them: animals are everywhere in our lives. The argument could be made, however, that they were more important to the peoples of ancient Greece and Rome. U-M undergraduates considered this and many other issues as they designed and helped to organize an exhibition.

2000: The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii: Ancient Ritual – Modern Muse

October 1–November 19, 2000

Curator: Elaine Gazda

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Among the great masterpieces of ancient art, the Villa of the Mysteries fresco paintings have fascinated scholars and inspired visual artists with depictions of women engaged in mysterious rituals. In the 1920s University of Michigan Professor Francis Kelsey commissioned Italian artist Maria Barosso to create a nearly life-sized representation of the Villa frescoes. 

2000: Surrounded by the View: Panoramic Photographs from the Kelsey Museum Archives

January–August 2000

Curator: Robin Meador-Woodruff

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In 1919 and 1920, photographer George R. Swain accompanied Francis Kelsey on an expedition that circled through Europe and the Mediterranean area. The purpose of the expedition was to document sites that were of interest to classical history scholars, as well as to identify sites that might have potential for future excavations. Swain produced a series of magnificent panoramic views of many of the sites he and Kelsey visited. 

1999: The Archaeology of Ethnicity: Recent Finds from Tel Kedesh, Israel

1999: Music in Roman Egypt

1999

Curator: Terry Wilfong                     

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The Kelsey Museum houses a unique collection of excavated musical instruments from fieldwork in Karanis and elsewhere in Egypt, as well as artifacts that relate to musical instruments and the people who played them. 

1999: Expedition! Kelsey Sponsored Fieldwork, 1924–1998

1998: A Victorian’s Passion for Egypt and the Near East: David Roberts, 1796–1864

1998: Reconstructing Personal Style in Late Antique Egypt

1998

Curator: Thelma K. Thomas

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Today we express aspects of our identity in our choice of clothing. This is nothing new: people in ancient societies made similar visual statements. This exhibit, which focused on the 4th to 7th centuries CE, used textiles from the Kelsey Museum's collections to explore the expressive potential of fashion in late antiquity. 

1998: Early Islamic Inscribed Textiles

1998

Curator: Thelma K. Thomas

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Inscribed textiles record valuable information concerning broad historical trends. They document increasing government control over the textile industry, names of officials and rulers associated with these prestige items, the spread of Arabic language, the phenomenal popularity of the written word, as well as the special economic force of gift giving.

1997: Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture

September 7–December 14, 1997

Curators: Elaine Gazda and Elise Friedland

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An exhibition that focused on the archaeological site of Sepphoris (known as Zippori in Hebrew), which was once an important city in Roman Palestine.

1997: A Taste of the Ancient World

Fall 1996–July 21, 1997  

Curators:  Susan E. Alcock and Melanie D. Grunow                

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A student-produced exhibit exploring food in the ancient world.

1997: Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt: From Prehistory to Late Antiquity

March 14 - June 15 1997

Curators: Terry Wilfong and Traianos Gagos

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An exhibition that examined the evidence for women's lives in ancient Egypt and the wider issues of gender definition and roles.

1996-1997: Images of Empire: Flavian Fragments in Rome and Ann Arbor Rejoined

September 1996–February 17, 1997

Curators: Elaine Gazda and Anne Haeckl

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Newly rejoined fragments of Roman sculpture from the Flavian dynasty.

1996: A Victorian's Passion: Lithographs of Egypt and the Near East by David Roberts

1996

Curator: Lauren Talalay

 

1996: Caught Looking: Exhibiting the Kelsey

1996: Visitors' Views of Ancient Nubia

1996

Curators: Lauren Talalay and R. K. Loomis

 

1996: Death in Ancient Egypt: Preserving Eternity

1996

Curators: Janet Richards and Terry G. Wilfong

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Egyptian Funerary Artifacts in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

1996: Caught Looking: Exhibiting the Kelsey

Spring 1996

Student Curators: Mariana Giovino, Carla Goodnoh, Kristina Milnor, Jennifer Trimble

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An experimental student-curated exhibition on ways of seeing and exhibiting artifacts in a museum context. 

1995: Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa

September 29–December 15

Curators: David O'Connor and Thelma K. Thomas

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The Kelsey's installation of the traveling exhibit loaned by the University of Pennsylvania's University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, as well as an installation of photographs from the Kelsey's permanent collections documenting the First Aswan Dam. 

1994: Byzantium: University of Michigan Collections and Expeditions

Fall 1994

Curator: Thelma K. Thomas 

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1993: From Riches to Rags: Indian Block-Printed Textiles Traded to Egypt

April–June 1993

Curators: Ruth Barnes and Thelma Thomas

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The Kelsey Museum's collection of Indian block-printed textiles traded to Egypt was acquired from a Cairo dealer during the 1930s and early 1950s, but this 1993 exhibition, researched and organized by Dr. Ruth Barnes, marked the first time the material was displayed in its entirety. Now, in this virtual reinstallation of that exhibition, examples of these medieval trade cloths are again made accessible. 

1991–1992: The Beginning of Understanding: Writing in the Ancient World

1991–1992

Curator: Marti Lu Allen

 

1991: Images of Italy: Archaeology and the Aesthetic Eye of Esther B. Van Deman

1991

Curator: Elaine Gazda

 

1991: The Sigmund Freud Antiquities: Fragments from a Buried Past

1991

Curator: Margaret Cool Root

 

1990–1991: Dangerous Archaeology: Francis Willey Kelsey and Armenia (1919-1920)

Fall 1990–February 28, 1991

Curator: Thelma K. Thomas

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