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ARCE/NY/ISAW LECTURE, THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2018
AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT/NEW YORK CHAPTER




The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE / NY) presents the following in our 2018 Spring lecture series:

“Transforming, Killing, Deactivating Statues in Ancient Egypt”, 

Speaker: Dr. Simon Connor

The lecture will be at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and will begin at 6:00 pm. 7 Times Square, 23rd floor. [Entrance on Broadway at 42nd St, between The Loft and The Counter. Photo ID requred. Proceed to 5th Fl Sky Lobby and take second elevator bank to 23rd Fl.]  


Upcoming Egyptology Lectures in New York
May 21, 2018 (Friday) ARCE Lecture - 6:00 P.M., Dr. Simon Connor, “Transforming, killing, deactivating statues in Ancient Egypt”, The lecture will be at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and will begin at 6:00 pm. 7 Times Square, 23rd floor. [Entrance on Broadway at 42nd St, between The Loft and The Counter. Photo ID requred. Proceed to 5th Fl Sky Lobby and take second elevator bank to 23rd Fl.]  

Information regarding upcoming ARCE/NY lectures will be listed on our website at www.arceny.com and on the ARCE website at www.arce.org.
LOCATION: The lecture will be at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and will begin at 6:00 pm. 7 Times Square, 23rd floor. [Entrance on Broadway at 42nd St, between The Loft and The Counter. Photo ID requred. Proceed to 5th Fl Sky Lobby and take second elevator bank to 23rd Fl.] 

TIME:  May 21, 2018 (Friday) ARCE Lecture - 6:30 P.M.
R.S.V.P. REQUIRED: Please reply to info@arceny.com

ABSTRACT: Egyptian images can be considered as powerful, meaningful, active agents. One of the best proofs of their importance in ancient Egyptian society is the very fact that they so often show signs of intentional transformation, mutilation, in specific spots on the figures, and sometimes also of total destruction. Some statues could be reused several times in sometimes very distant periods, and bear on their surface transformations in order to “update” them, maybe to “re-activate” them. The reasons for such a reuse of ancient statues are not only economic: indeed the phase of Egyptian civilization which attests the most evidence of this practice is the Ramesside period (ca 1300-1070 BC), which is also one of the most brilliant and probably wealthiest of Egyptian history.
The visitor who walks through the galleries of a museum will also notice that most of the Egyptian statues surrounding him or her have been – more or less deeply – altered, in such a way that finding an intact piece is in fact quite exceptional. If some damages may be due to natural or accidental causes, the analysis of archaeological contexts and textual sources, as well as the seriation and observation of the material itself, allow recognizing intentional mutilation or total destruction of images as a common practice throughout Egyptian history, for a variety of factors. 
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Connor received his PhD in “History, Art & Archaeology” at Brussels University in 2014. His dissertation was entitled “Images of Power in Egypt in the Late Middle Kingdom and the Second Intermediate Period”.

He served as a Curator in the Museo Egizio, Turin from 2014 - 2017 where he participated to the renovation and new display of the museum. From 2017 to 2018 Dr. Connor has had an Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum where he has been working on traces of (re)-use, alteration, and mutilation on Egyptian images.

Dr. Connor has worked at archaeological missions in France, Italy and Egypt: in the Theban necropolis (Belgian Mission with Laurent Bavay and Dimitri Laboury), Dahshur (Funerary complex of Senwosret III, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art team, directed by Dieter Arnold and Adela Oppenheim), and currently Mataria/Heliopolis (Egyptian-German mission, directed by Dietrich Raue and Ayman el-Ashmawy).