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ARCE/NY/ISAW LECTURE, Monday, 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 18, 2018 (Friday) Egyptological Seminar of New York (ESNY) Lecture - 6:30 P.M., Dr. Jennifer Babcock, “An Ancient Egyptian Zootopia: Animal Fables as Allegories of Social Order”, The lecture will be at Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and will begin at 6:30 pm.
The New Kingdom ostraca and papyri depicting anthropomorphized animals are notable for their depictions of animals in a so-called “topsy-turvy” world. One of the more well-known motifs in this set of ostraca and papyri depicts cats serving mice, who are frequently dressed as elite Egyptians. This role reversal has led some to believe that the images of anthropomorphized cats and mice were intentionally satirical, as a way of derisively mocking the high elite. However, when one looks at the narrative potential of these images, and at the representations beyond the ones of cats serving mice, it becomes clear that they are not satirical images intended to mock the elite, but are instead visual narratives about a “topsy-turvy” world reverted back to social order.
Jennifer Miyuki Babcock received her PhD in ancient Egyptian art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she wrote about the social and art historical significance of the imagery of anthropomorphized animals on New Kingdom ostraca and papyri. Dr. Babcock was a Curatorial Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World from 2014-16 and was the Hagop Kevorkian Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009-11. In Fall 2011, she participated in the Metropolitan Museum’s excavation at the pyramid complex of Senwosret III, Dahshur. Currently, Dr. Babcock is an instructor of art history at the Department of the History of Art and Museum Professions at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York.
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 (Monday) ARCE Lecture - 6:30 P.M.
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).