Ancient Bronzes Exhibition Lectures and Workshop

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University has planned a wide variety of lectures and workshops featuring some of the foremost scholars in the fields of Central Asian archaeology and history.

Thursday, Feb. 23, Sandra Olsen, curator of anthropology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, will deliver a lecture, "Herders, Artisans, Shamans and Warriors of the Ancient Asian Steppe." She will discuss the horse-riding steppe cultures of Central Asia during the second and first millennia BCE.

Olsen earned her Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of London and has worked at archaeological sites in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and China. Her major focus of research is early horse domestication and the lifestyles of the ancient herders of northern Kazakhstan.

Thursday, March 9, Morris Rossabi, professor of history at the City University of New York, will deliver a lecture, "Mongol Khans and the Settled Civilizations." Rossabi will highlight the rise of the Mongol khans in the 12th and 13th centuries CE and will discuss their impact on religion, art, science and technology throughout Central Asia as a result of their creation of a Pax Mongolica.

Rossabi is considered one of the foremost authorities on Central Asian history in the United States. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Central Asian history, including "China and Inner Asia from 1368 to the Present Day" and "Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times."

Both lectures will be at 7 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall in the College of Law at Willamette University. Olsen's lecture is co-sponsored by the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. Rossabi's lecture is co-sponsored by the departments of Asian studies, religious studies, and history at Willamette University. Admission is free.

Saturday, March 18, from noon to 4 p.m., a family workshop, "Camels and Leopards and Bears, Oh My!" will be presented in the lobby of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Children and their parents will create sculpture and wearable art with animal motifs and enjoy colorful animal folktales that transport them back to ancient Mongolia. Admission to the workshop is free and attendees are encouraged to pick up a special family guide and follow the clues.

Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation has been supported by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. 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 and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For further information call 503-370-6855.