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South Florida Museum Hosts "Adventures in Photography" Exhibition through September

The exhibition, which features photographs, captions, and text panels outlining some of the Penn Museum's expedition history, runs through September 9.

 


Damghan, Iran - 1932 from "Adventures in Photography." Courtesy of the Penn Museum.
Maneya, Peru - 1957 from "Adventures in Photography." Courtesy of the Penn Museum.

 

Bradenton, Florida, June 3, 2013 - Workers carry away baskets full of dirt in a stark, almost surreal landscape at Nippur in Iraq, 1899.  A Mapidian man shoots fish with bow and arrow at the edge of a river in the Amazon rain forest of Guyana, 1914.  A woman washing newly unearthed artifacts pauses to look into the face of an ancient marble head of a Roman female in Minturnae, Italy, in the early 1930s.  Temple I, cleared of clinging vines and partially restored, soars above the Guatemalan jungle, the focal point of Tikal, in 1959.

 

These are just four of the more than sixty black and white images—places, people and moments captured in time—in "Adventures in Photography: Expeditions of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology." The traveling exhibition opens to the public in South Florida Museum’s East Gallery on May 30. The exhibition, which features photographs, captions, and text panels outlining some of the Penn Museum's expedition history, runs through September 9.

Executive Director of South Florida Museum Brynne Anne Besio said, “This exhibition puts a personal and artistic touch on the same types of archaeological and anthropological information that we share with our visitors every day through the permanent exhibits at South Florida Museum. We are able to observe the faces of diverse people as they engage in cultural activities which have slipped away even in the historically short period of time since the photos were taken. We are able to peek into the very sites where human history has been discovered. This research contributes to our understanding of Florida’s history, of the world’s history – and of our own past.”

 

 

Meydum, Egypt - 1930 from "Adventures in Photography." Courtesy of the Penn Museum. 

 

The exhibition is included in regular museum admission to the Museum. General admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (65 and over), $11.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. South Florida Museum will host an opening reception for the exhibition on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  The reception is free to Museum Members and $5 admission for the general public. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For information and reservation for the “Adventures in Photography” Opening Reception, please contact Amy Bower at abower@SouthFloridaMuseum.org or 941.746.4131 ext. 13.

 

"Adventures in Photography" offers a kaleidoscopic view of a sampling of the nearly 400 field projects in the Penn Museum's 110-plus years of archaeological and ethnographic research around the world. To prepare the exhibition, Alessandro Pezzati, Penn Museum Archivist, selected images from the tens of thousands of expedition photographs in the Archives.  Included are images from famous expeditions to the Amazon (1913-1916), Memphis, Egypt (1915-1923), Ur in Iraq (1922-34), Tikal, Guatemala (1956-1970) and Gordion, Turkey, where the Museum continues field work it began in 1950.

 

 

Nippur, Iraq - 1899 from "Adventures in Photography." Courtesy of the Penn Museum. 

 

The photographs and the accompanying text reveal an active spirit of inquiry and a driving curiosity at the heart of archaeological and anthropological research, particularly that which has been conducted by the University of Pennsylvania on every inhabited continent.  For the exhibition's final vintage photograph, Pezzati selected, fittingly, an image of a lone man surveying the land, dwarfed by the desolate Seistan desert sands of Afghanistan, in 1969.  Though the area was unpopulated in 1969, archaeologists knew of human occupation in this part of southwestern Afghanistan as early as 2000 B.C.

 

"I hope that these images," notes Pezzati, "allow the viewer to reflect on human history and diversity.  The portraits of individuals, even when posed, speak to each of us differently.  Even the ruins speak to us, telling stories of the activities of people who are now gone. We learn of the transience of people on earth and their inter-relatedness.  We learn about cultural persistence and survival.  We learn humility from seeing past greatness swept away by the passage of time."

 

While the photographs document the Penn Museum's past research, curators and research scientists at the Penn Museum and elsewhere are still actively engaged in both archaeology and anthropology work around the world.  Using the latest in computer technology, these projects—over thirty in all—are shown in a dynamic display.  They highlight the value of on-going work in archaeological excavation and analysis, from the studies of the Old Stone Age of Egypt and France, the ancient civilizations of both the Old and New Worlds, to the study of modern peoples spanning the globe.

 

For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org

 

About the South Florida Museum

South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. The Museum is currently celebrating 65 years of engaging and inspiring visitors and the community. South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. The facility includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and Parker Manatee Aquarium which is home to Snooty™ the manatee, Manatee County’s most famous resident and the oldest known manatee in the world. Also featured are full-scale replicas of a 16th-century manor house, chapel and conquistador Hernando De Soto’s birthplace surrounding an open-air Spanish Plaza.  

 

About the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street on the Penn campus, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity.  Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 350 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world.  With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.

 


(Exhibition Corner file) The "Adventures in Photography" exhibition runs in the South Florida Museum's East Gallery through September 9, 2013. 


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South Florida Museum Hosts "Adventures in Photography" Exhibition through September

Bradenton, Florida, June 3, 2013 - Workers carry away baskets full of dirt in a stark, almost surreal landscape at Nippur in Iraq, 1899.  A Mapidian man shoots fish with bow and arrow at the edge of a river in the Amazon rain forest of Guyana, 1914.  A woman washing newly unearthed artifacts pauses to look into the face of an ancient marble head of a Roman female in Minturnae, Italy, in the early 1930s.  Temple I, cleared of clinging vines and partially restored, soars above the Guatemalan jungle, the focal point of Tikal, in 1959. These are just four of the more than sixty black and white images—places, people and moments captured in time—in "Adventures in Photography: Expeditions of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology." The traveling exhibition opens to the public in South Florida Museum’s East Gallery on May 30. The exhibition, which features photographs, captions, and text panels outlining some of the Penn Museum's expedition history, runs through September 9. Executive Director of South Florida Museum Brynne Anne Besio said, “This exhibition puts a personal and artistic touch on the same types of archaeological and anthropological information that we share with our visitors every day through the permanent exhibits at South Florida Museum. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org