Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out the Tut exhibition at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum along with my wife, Anne Snyder Payne, and local Louisville artist, Meredith Hayden.
The last time I had a chance to see so many priceless artifacts I was at the Cairo Museum in Egypt.
This is an exhibition you do not want to miss. With more than 50 objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb, and another 80 artifacts from other Egyptian pharaohs, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity (unless you visit more than once, which I intend to do!)
I blog about our visit to the Tut Exhibition over at Heritage Key under my daytime name, Keith Payne: Top 10 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at the Indianapolis Tutankhamun Exhibition. Although photography was not allowed, the fine folks at Heritage Key managed to dig up some shots Sandro Vannini had taken of some of the artifacts (Thanks Rebecca and Ann!!), so you should really hop over and check it out.
This is a travelling exhibition, and will be at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum until October 25, 2009, after which the exhibit will travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario at Toronto from November 24, 2009, through April 18, 2010. And I have recently learned that before returning to Egypt, the exhibition will revisit the U.S. The exhibition will be at the Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York City from late April through December, 2010. After that, the whole lot goes home, so check it out while you can!
Regarding Em Hotep!
On an unrelated note, I’d just like to take a minute to apologize for falling behind schedule on several projects here at Em Hotep! I have been busy with outside projects, including quite a bit of really cool stuff that has been going on at Heritage Key. I am currently in the middle of covering the Ancient Abydos: From Egypt’s First Pharaohs to its Last Pyramid symposium taking place at the Penn Museum this weekend, but after that things should cool off a little and I can get caught up on some work here.
I am still working on the reference article for the Great Sphinx, and after that I am going to be moving away from the Cairo/Giza area and documenting sites around Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. But the feature projects, particularly Jean Pierre Houdin’s fascinating work with Khufu’s Pyramid, will get top billing. Even after the series and interview are done you can expect Em Hotep! to follow M. Houdin’s work very closely.
Also coming down the pike, we will be taking an in-depth look at the M. A. Mansoor Amarna Collection, which will also take the form of a series to be followed by an interview or two. Look for this in mid- to late October.
Thanks for reading!
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