Death Dogs: The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt
February 6–May 3, 2015
The exhibition “Death Dogs” will explore the history of some unusual mythical beings: Anubis, Wepwawet, and the other jackal gods of ancient Egypt. From wild, scavenging dogs in prehistory to Egyptian deities of embalming and protection, these gods have fascinated and disturbed people from ancient times to the present. Using artifacts in the Kelsey Museum, this exhibition will identify the most important Egyptian jackal gods and decipher their complex roles in Egyptian religion and understandings of death and the afterlife. The show will also explore the lasting appeal of these dogs as vivid symbols of ancient Egypt in modern times.
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Image: Egyptian jackal god Anubis from the coffin of Djehutymose, around 625–580 BC, Nag el-Hassiya, Egypt (KM 1989.3.1).
Rocks, Paper, Memory:
Wendy Artin’s Watercolor Paintings of Ancient Sculptures
June 5–July 26, 2015
An American artist who lives in Rome, Wendy Artin has been working for over a decade on a series of watercolor paintings of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and related subjects. This exhibition will feature a selection of her paintings, not only images of ancient sculptures and landscapes but also contemporary life studies. The paintings will be set in dialogue with objects drawn from the Kelsey's collections, including works of Greek art inspired by Egyptian precedents and examples of the same figure types seen in Artin's work (such as Aphrodite rising from the sea).
Wendy Artin is one of a long line of artists who draw inspiration from antiquity. Indeed, this tradition has very ancient precedents, such as the Roman practice of making marble “copies” of famous Greek bronze statues. Artin’s visually stunning paintings offer fresh and arresting ways of looking at ancient sculptures and buildings.
Image: Wendy Artin, Phrygian Cap (Parthenon north frieze slab XXXVII), 2010, watercolor on cotton Khadi paper, 103 x 130 cm