Posts Tagged ‘Spring 2010 Athenæum Series’

From Trash to Treasure: How Archaeological Finds Become Museum Pieces

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Presented by: Rebecca Martin, Department of Art.
Wednesday, Feb. 17 12:30 p.m. In Sadie’s Place at Kent Library

Have you ever wondered about the story of a work of art? About the origins of ancient objects collected in the world’s museums? As an ancient art historian and Mediterranean archaeologist, I have uncovered many objects of everyday use, more intriguing for their historical than aesthetic value. Most of my work involves long hours in old storerooms studying and reconstructing ubiquitous Greek pots and Phoenician clay figurines.

I have had the rare pleasure of unearthing one museum-quality piece from my home excavation at Tel Dor, Israel: a fragmentary but lush floor mosaic of the highest quality from ca. 100 BCE. I will take you through the process of its discovery, from the dusty day-to-day work at the excavation to that singular incidence of unearthing a fine work of art. We’ll pass through the meticulous restoration and cleaning process before the story culminates in publication and museum presentation — the point at which ancient “trash” may finally become the public’s “treasure.”

Developments in Contemporary Classical Music: A Personal View

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m. Sadie’s Place, Kent Library.
Classical music is changing along with the rest of culture. It has been forced to come to terms with developments in technology, growing multiculturalism, and changes in society and the economy. Composers Dr. Robert Fruehwald and flutist Mr. Paul Thompson will discuss and demonstrate these developments using examples from Fruehwald’s own works. The presentation will include the live performance of music for flute, piano and video including excerpts from Hymntunes I (solo flute), Hymntunes III (video), Turkish Preludes (solo flute), Irish Fantasies (bass flute), and Sonata Mozartiana (flute and piano). Refreshments will be served.