ATTENTION: Photographers and reporters covering the arts, museums, conservation and ancient history
A media preview of “The Conservator’s Art: Preserving Egypt’s Past,” a new exhibit opening Thursday, April 29, at the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
The exhibit features exceptional artifacts from the Hearst Museum’s vast Egyptian collection – including crocodile mummies, mummy portraits, statuary, amulets and unusual “reserve heads” used in Egyptian burial practices.
The exhibit examines how technology and the humanities work together to enhance the conservation and understanding of ancient objects. It also aims to demystify the work of archaeologists and conservators, and to promote a dialogue with the public about their work and how museums help preserve cultural heritage.
12:30- 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 27
The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology gallery, on the first floor of Kroeber Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, near the intersection of Bancroft Way and College Avenue. A campus map is available.
The preview will include a brief presentation about the exhibit and a tour of the gallery with experts. A few downloadable images from the exhibit are available.
The exhibit is a memorial to the late Cathleen “Candy” Keller, a UC Berkeley associate professor of Egyptology who was its original curator. Carol Redmount, curator of Egyptian archaeology for the Hearst and associate professor of Egyptian archaeology, assumed the task after Keller’s death in 2008.
Philanthropist Phoebe Hearst’s deep interest in Egypt spurred her to commission several noted archaeologists to collect objects around the turn of the 20th century that ranged from the Predynastic to Coptic periods and included well-documented materials excavated from the Greek and Roman site of Tebtunis. These Egyptian treasures are among the most important of the museum’s 3.8 million objects.
General museum admission is free. More details are available online.