Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in OSilas Gallery

Evening Lecture by Helen Evans: The Art and Culture of Ancient Armenia

Curator Dr. Helen Evans, who organized the ARMENIA! exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will speak in OSilas Gallery on October 30 at 7:30 pm.  Dr. Evans will be discussing the historical and cultural heritage of a nation bearing one of the world’s ancient cultures and the importance of Armenian art to the world’s art. The presentation will be illustrated with images from the exhibition.

Armenia!, which recently opened and will be on view through January 13, explores the arts and culture of the Armenians from their conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century through their leading role on international trade routes in the 17th century. The exhibition emphasizes how Armenians developed a distinctive national identity in their homeland at the base of Mt. Ararat (widely accepted as the resting place of Noah’s Ark) and how they maintained and transformed their traditions as their communities expanded across the globe.

Major Armenian repositories of the culture provide almost all the works in the exhibition. Most are on view in the United States for the first time; many have not traveled for centuries.

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 ARMENIA was organized by Dr. Evans, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the support of C. Griffith Mann, the Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, assisted by Constance Alchermes, Research Assistant. 

Dr, Evans, who received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, has taught courses on Armenian art at Columbia University and currently serves as president of The International Center for Medieval Art (ICMA). Whether you are interested in history, religion, art or the Middle East, this is lecture that you will not want to miss!   Tickets are required.  To make your purchase, please click here.

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