Art of Egypt Exhibit Includes Film Series and Lecture

In conjunction with its forthcoming exhibition, In the Fullness of Time: Masterpieces of Egyptian Art from American Collections, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will offer a four-part film series on ancient Egyptian culture and a Saturday workshop on Egyptian hieroglyphs.

The four-part series, "Egypt, Beyond the Pyramids," will be shown Oct. 22 and 29, and Nov. 5, and 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. Hosted by Peter Woodward and originally aired on the History Channel, the series explores some of the key elements of ancient Egyptian civilization from 3000 BC to the end of the Roman period.

"Mansions of the Spirits," shown Oct. 22, will explore the role of the temple in ancient Egyptian civilization.

On Oct. 26 from 10 am to 5 p.m., writer and lecturer John Sarr will offer a one-day workshop on Egyptian hieroglyphs. Sarr will introduce participants to the basics of reading ancient Egyptian so that by the end of the day, they will be able to read simple funerary inscriptions and pharaonic names. Sarr is currently president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and has taught similar courses at
Portland Community College.

"The Great Pharaoh and His Lost Children," shown Oct. 29, will examine the discovery of KV5 in the Valley of the Kings.

"The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians," shown Nov. 5, will explore daily life in ancient Egypt, with an emphasis on the port city of Mendes.

"Death and the Journey to Immortality," shown Nov. 12, will examine the latest revelations about Egyptian funerary and burial practices.

The films and the workshop are in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. While the film series is free, the workshop is $55. To register for the workshop, please call 503/370-6855.

In the Fullness of Time: Masterpieces of Egyptian Art from American Collections continues through Jan. 4, 2003. The exhibition presents a survey of Egyptian art and culture from 4500 BC to the end of the Roman period and features 48 objects on loan
from some of the most distinguished Egyptian collections in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
One of the underlying purposes of the exhibition is to introduce audiences in the
West to important, yet rarely seen masterpieces of Egyptian art, including superb examples of painting, relief, sculpture, and the personal arts.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free each Tuesday.

For further information, please call 503/370-6855.

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