Monday, June 17, 2019

2019-2020 schedule in progress

We are working on the new event schedule - please continue to check back for updates!

AIA-MN 2019-20 lectures 
(all official events are free and open to the public)
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11amPamela Gaber, “Limestone Sculpture of Cyprus: Portraits of a Culture,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11amJohn Hale, “Viking Longships: Wolves of the Sea,” in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Team Elgin or Team Parthenon? Forum on the Parthenon Marbles Repatriation Debate (new date)

Wednesday, May 8 at 6pm 

In the Iverson Hearth Room, 3rd floor, Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas (#27 on this map

an event flyer for printing is here

This event  will be led by St. Thomas Art History graduate students in Dr. Vanessa Rousseau's  Greek and Roman Art in Constructions of Identity in partnership with the Archaeological institute of America, are taking sides on May 8th. Join us for an evening of debate and light refreshments and help us answer the question: To whom do the Parthenon Marbles rightly belong? 

You might be wondering, “What are the Parthenon Marbles?”
The Parthenon Marbles are a group of sculpture from the Parthenon starting in 1803 by Thomas Bruce, aka Lord Elgin. Greece was under Ottoman Turkish control at the time, and Lord Elgin was allegedly permitted to take the marbles under a vaguely worded firman, or writ of permission, issued by Sultan Selim III. In 1816, the British Museum purchased the sculptures, naming them the "Elgin Marbles".
Greece gained independence in 1832, and really began the call for repatriation of the marbles in 1981. The Greeks claim the marbles as a part of their cultural identity and question the ethics of Lord Elgin’s actions, as neither the Ottomans nor Elgin asked for Greek consent. In 2009, a modern museum opened on the Athenian Acropolis to house the marbles and other treasures. Thus far, the British Museum has refused to relinquish the marbles.
Want to know more? Check out these links from National Geographic and PBS!

This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Art History department and the Archaeological Institute of America.

Tonight's Parthenon event CANCELLED!!

All events at the University of St Thomas have been cancelled, including this one. We hope to reschedule it in early May, so please check back!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Forum on the Parthenon Marbles Repatriation Debate

Wednesday, April 17 at 6-7pm 

in the Murray-Herrick Hall, room 204, University of St. Thomas (#6 on this map)

This Forum on the Parthenon Marbles Repatriation Debate: Team Elgin or Team Parthenon?,” will be led by St. Thomas Art History graduate students in Greek and Roman Art in Constructions of Identity

This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas Art History department and the Archaeological Institute of America.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Matthew Harpster on "Maritime Heritage in Northern Cyprus: The Kyrenia Shipwreck Collection Restoration Program"

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11am in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
++ Free but all Mia talks are now ticketed - call 612-870-6323 or register online

++ Also note that this talk coincides with the closing of the Sunken Cities exhibit AND
 Art in Bloom - please see the latter link for parking information for this busy weekend!

Found by a local sponge diver in 1965 and later surveyed and excavated by a team from the University of Pennsylvania Museum between 1967 and 1969, the 4th-centuty BC shipwreck found off the coast of Kyrenia, Cyprus, has become a symbol of the island to the world..  It has been displayed on coinage, tourism posters, passports, and stamps.  Yet, due to military interventions on Cyprus in 1974 and the ongoing presence of the Turkish military, the care, management, and curation of this collection has been inadequate.

Begun in 2010, the Kyrenia Shipwreck Collection Restoration Program is an international effort to revitalize the care and management of this irreplaceable example of seafaring in the Mediterranean Sea.  This presentation will discuss the tangible and intangible problems impacting the collection, as well as the successful and ongoing efforts by the program to generate local and international support.

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

Susan Katzev, 2005. “Resurrecting an Ancient Greek Ship: Kyrenia, Cyprus” in Beneath the Seven Seas.

Michael Katzev and Susan Katzev, 1974. “Last Harbour for the Oldest Ship” National Geographic #146.

Matthew Harpster, 2015. “Protecting Maritime Heritage in Disputed Territory: The Kyrenia Shipwreck Collection Restoration Program” Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 3, pp. 156-65.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Archaeology Spring in the Twin Cities!

Our next AIA-MN talk is Katherine Hayes' talk on Fort Snelling on March 14, but this is a great spring for archaeology talks - please see the links below from some of our friends and partners:

Mia is hosting more talks on Egypt in conjunction with the Sunken Cities exhibit

The Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas has an excellent speaker series which includes the ancient Americas, Easter Island and the Body this year

The Maya Society always has a great calendar of events focused on the Americas 

Katherine Hayes on "Archaeology, Preservation, and Public Memory: Challenging the Settler Narrative at Historic Fort Snelling"

6pm, Thursday, March 14, 2019  in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College (also #29 on this map)

Archaeology undertaken in service of preservation in the 20th century often reflected the values of the time.  At Historic Fort Snelling, archaeology served to bolster a distinctly non-inclusive narrative of American enterprise at the frontier and the triumph of settler rugged individualism. Yet the excavated remains do still hold remnants of other stories at odds with that narrative.  In this talk I discuss some of the current efforts to use artifact collections and absent landscapes to bring greater public attention to these other stories,  how the reconstructed Fort complicates those efforts, and how digital space (e.g. virtual reality and augmented reality) might contribute to our goals.

This event is free and open to the public; co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department at Macalester College and the Archaeological Institute of America.

About the Speaker: Katherine Hayes is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. More info about her work is here.

AIA members may join Professor Hayes for a no-host lunch at Pad Thai on Grand after the talk.

a pdf flyer for this talk is located here