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ARCE/NY and the National Arts Club Lecture, Monday, June 18, 2018


The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE / NY), in co-sponsorship with the Archaeology Committee of the National Arts Club, presents the following in our 2018 Winter / Spring lecture series:

“Egyptian Stories Revealed: The Met's Exciting New Acquisitions”

Speaker: Dr. Diana Craig Patch, Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge of the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Upcoming Egyptology Lectures in New York
June 18, 2018 (Friday) Egyptological Seminar of New York (ESNY) Lecture - 7:00 P.M., Ellen Morris, “Outwitting the State, ca. 1350 BCE", The lecture will be at the Art Study Room, Uris Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art  

 If one can’t beat an empire, one can at least hope to subvert and outwit it at every turn. This talk will examine various strategies employed by Egypt’s vassals in the Southern Levant—rulers of city-states, mountain ‘warlords,’ and those who inhabited their realms—to turn the pharaonic government’s desire to rule on the cheap to their own advantage. Such strategies include absconsion, assassination, insurrection, enriching themselves at Egypt’s expense, threatening defection, and employing disinformation so as to redirect imperial aggression to their own advantage.
Ellen Morris is an assistant professor in the Classics and Ancient Studies Department at Barnard College and a former Jane and Morgan Whitney Art History Fellow in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Met. This lecture draws upon material from her book Ancient Egyptian Imperialism, which is due out from Wiley Press later this summer. Her other scholarly interests include sacred sexuality and performance, retainer sacrifice and divine kingship, desert travel and “island theory,” as well as life in “interesting” times.

Future ARCE Lectures:
​The June 18, 2018 lecture is the last for this academic year. We have some great speakers lined up starting this coming Fall and we will be posting full information on this site in the very near future.

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 National Arts Club
                                15 Gramercy Park South
                                New York, New York 

TIME:  6:30 PM Lecture
               7:30 PM Reception
               FREE TO THE PUBLIC / Seating on first come basis
               R.S.V.P. REQUIRED: Please reply to info@arceny.com

ABSTRACT: Many of the objects in the Met’s Egyptian collection are old favorites with our visitors: William, the blue hippo, the exquisite lips of a queen in yellow jasper, the graceful models from Meketre’s tomb, or the serene-looking statue of Hatshepsut in indurated limestone. The stories that these pieces tell about ancient Egypt are well known. This presentation shares new narratives uncovered as five new acquisition were studied . These fascinating objects open new windows into the ongoing study of ancient Egyptian culture.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Diana Craig Patch is the Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge of the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has been with the department from 1991 and was appointed head of Egyptian Art in 2012. During her time at The Met she curated the highly regarded exhibition on Predynastic and Early Dynastic art, Dawn of Egyptian Art (April 10 – August 5, 2012) and Cleopatra’s Needle (December 3, 2013 – June 8, 2014) about the obelisk in New York City’s Central Park and the role obelisks have played in the history of Western culture. Most recently she was instrumental in the acquisition of the gilded coffin of the priest Nedjemankh and is organizing an exhibition around this important acquisition. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. Patch has been an archaeologist for almost fifty years, and currently is the Co-Director of the Joint Expedition to Malqata. She has published widely and most recently on Predynastic and Early Dynastic art and archaeology and Middle Kingdom and early Eighteenth Dynasty jewelry.
The Coffin Lid of Nedjemankh, Purchase 2017 Benefit Fund; Lila Acheson Wallace Gift; Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Begquest; Leona Sobel Education and the Camille M. Lownds Funds, and 2016 Benefit Fund, 2017 (2017.255a, b)
Vessels from the Haraga Treasure, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2014 (2014.619.1-5)