Hallie Ford Museum
700 State Street
August 31 - December 22, 2013
A new exhibition, “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections,” showcases 64 remarkable objects that represent several thousand years (6000 B.C. to 500 B.C.) of art from the region known as the Fertile Crescent. Drawing from some of the most distinguished collections in the United States, the exhibition brings together works from over 20 notable institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
Museum Director John Olbrantz says, “This exhibition represents a rare opportunity to view many objects that are not normally available or accessible to audiences in the Western United States. With the recent Iraq War and the current political situation in the Middle East dominating the news headlines, it is easy to forget the seminal role that these ancient cultures played in the development of Western civilization and how they influenced who we are today.”
In addition to the objects on display, the exhibition includes special activities. A lecture series features noted experts from around the country and includes Dr. Brian Fagan, one of the foremost archaeologists in the United States. A film series focuses on several of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries that were inspired by her work at archaeological sites in the Near East. A family activity day will provide art-making and archaeological activities for all ages.