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Programs for Teachers and Schools

To Weave for the Sun

An Exploration of Guaman Poma de Ayala’s El pimer nueva cornoica y buen gobierno Workshop for Teachers

July 8–12 (7–9 year olds) July 15–19 (10–12 year olds)

Thursday, March 7, 5 pm Tate Room

Andi McKenzie, Assistant Curator of Works on Paper, introduces teachers to the fascinating manuscript created by Don Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala (ca. 1535–after 1616), a Quechua-speaking administrator who detailed the history of the Inka from their mythohistorical creation stories through colonial times. The manuscript includes over 400 line drawings, in which Guaman Poma details agricultural ceremonies, categories of Inka people, the genealogical history of Inka rulers and huacas (objects or places that held sacred significance). Ms. McKenzie will explore connections between objects in the Art of the Americas galleries and drawings in the manuscript, and discuss how this important document has shaped our view of the Andean people.

Homeschool Day at the Carlos Museum Friday, April 5, Noon–3 pm

Explore the new Art of the Americas galleries with ancient Maya, Andean, and Inka cultures and Walking in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: The Melion-Clum Collection of Modern Southwestern Pottery. Visitors may tour the galleries with Museum docents and participate in a creative drama workshop on the Maya creation myth, the Popol Vuh. Fee: $6 per visitor; ages 5 and younger are free of charge. Registration is required by calling 404-727-2363.

Camp Carlos 2013 The Carlos Museum celebrates twenty years of providing exceptional summer programs in which children and teenagers explore the human impulse to create. Camp Carlos offers participants imaginative and innovative opportunities to explore the ways in which people throughout time and across cultures have created works of art. All sessions of camp include studio activities with some of Atlanta’s best practicing visual artists, and visits to the Carlos Museum galleries, where campers learn from artists of the ancient world.

The Inka believed that the highest form of weaving was created for the sun, which they considered the greatest of the celestial powers. Woven works were made of hand-spun threads colored with natural dyes and sometimes embellished with stitching to form images of monkeys, birds, and other creatures from the natural world. Artist and weaver Paula Vester, one of the founding members of the Peachtree Handspinners Guild, will work with campers to create decorative textiles using the silky fibers of the llama and alpaca, and natural dyes made from the cochineal bug, indigo, and other natural materials available in the ancient world. Campers will practice carding, drop spinning, and finger weaving as well as knotting and loom techniques to fashion their own woven pieces, which will be embellished with embroidery. Campers will also visit the Museum’s Parsons Conservation Lab to discover more about the sophisticated weaving techniques of the ancient Americas.

Puppet Maker: Animating and Articulating July 22–26 (7–9 year olds) July 29–August 2 (10–12 year olds)

For thousands of years people have animated objects and puppets as a way to entertain others and as part of ceremonies and rituals. Africa has a long tradition of creating puppets to be used in performances for the community, poking fun, and reminding people how to behave. Inspired by African puppets in the Carlos Museum collection from the secret Ekon society, children will use wood, raffia, paint, and their limitless imaginations to create and animate puppets with Atlanta artist Ana Vizurraga. Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Aftercare is available from 3 to 5 pm. Camp sessions are $185 per week for Carlos Museum members; $225 per week for non-members. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering more than one child from the same family. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional $60. For more information please call 404-7270519. A registration form is available online at http://carlos.

Camp Carlos Griffons, Gorgons, and Sirens, Oh My!

June 3–7 (7–9 year olds) June 10–14 (10–12 year olds)

Create a menagerie of ancient monsters inspired by works in the Greek and Roman collections and depicted in the wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus book series by Rick Riordan! Through drawing, painting, and sculpting, artist Cathy Amos will guide children as they make monsters and hear some of the original stories from the ancient Greeks and selections from Rick Riordan’s books.

Carlos Camper with her Greek vase.

At A Glance March

TUE March 5 Nix Mann Endowed Lecture: On the Turquoise Trail with Dr. Colin McEwan THUR March 7 Workshop for Teachers: The Inka in Pictures SAT March 16 Artful Stories: Coyote: A Trickster Tale SUN March 17 Children’s Workshop: Native American pottery with artist Ana Vizurraga TUE March 19 AntiquiTEA with Dr. Jessica Stephenson THUR March 21 Lecture with Dr. Karen Stolley FRI March 22 Chamber Music Concert with William Ransom and the Vega String Quartet FRI March 22–SUN March 24 Conference: Gods, Objects, and Ritual Practices in Ancient Mediterranean Religion SUN March 24 Children’s Workshop: Tibetan Opera Masks with musician Techung FRI March 29 Children’s Workshop: Tibetan Sand Painting 404-727-4282 *Free Admission and Extended Hours On Thursday, March 21, and April 11 the Museum will offer extended hours through 7:30 pm. Admission to the galleries is free on these days from 1 pm. through 7:30 pm. Bring a friend to see the permanent collections and stay for a lively lecture or gallery talk at 7:30 pm.



Docent-led Public Tours

MON April 1 Carlos Reads! Book Club: Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War with Cynthia Patterson THUR April 4 Laszlo-Excalibur Lecture: The Polychromy of Roman Marble Sculpture with Dr. Mark Abbe FRI April 5 Homeschool Day MON April 8–FRI April 12 Spring Break Art Camp MON April 8 Carlos Reads! Book Club: Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War with Cynthia Patterson TUE April 9 Curatorial Conversation with Dr. Sidney Kasfir and sculptor George Kyeyune THUR April 11 Gallery Talk with Walter Melion and John Clum FRI April 12 Chamber Music Concert with ASO Concertmaster David Coucheron MON April 15 Carlos Reads! Book Club: Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War with Cynthia Patterson TUE April 16 AntiquiTEA with Dr. Laura Wingfield THUR April 18 Lecture with Dr. Joyce Flueckiger FRI April 19 Hot, Hot, Hot! Glassmaking with Janke Studios SAT April 20 Artful Stories: Ganesha SUN April 21 Indigo Gallery Talk and Workshop with Dr. Jessica Stephenson and artist Paula Vester SUN April 21 Family Concert TUE April 23 Panel Discussion and Book Signing with Curator Peter Lacovara, Professors Marjorie Martin Fisher, and Salima Ikram, and photographer Chester Higgins, Jr. SUN April 28 Children’s Workshop: Flying Shaman Kites

Sundays (excluding major holidays), 2 pm

The Classical Figure (two-week session)


June 17–21 and June 24–28 (13–17 years)

THUR May 2 Lecture with Dr. Richard Zettler SAT May 4 Artful Stories: Llama and the Great Flood SUN May 5 Workshop for Children: Pyro-Engraving with artist Pam Beagle-Daresta FRI May 10 Chamber Music Concert with William Ransom and the Vega String Quartet

Drawing the human figure realistically has long been the benchmark of a master artist. For hundreds of years, artists looked to Greek and Roman sculpture to learn about proportion and musculature as they rendered the human form in drawings and paintings. Atlanta artist and teacher Devora Reiss will teach classical figure drawing in this two-week session. During the first week, teens will make small studies with a variety of traditional materials including charcoal, conte crayon, and oil paint as well as creating plaster casts of heads, hands, and feet. Using clothed models who will take the postures of selected works from Carlos Museum Greek and Roman collections, teens will focus on the whole figure during the second week.

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MON June 3–FRI August 2 Camp Carlos Sessions

Members of the Museum’s Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collections on Sunday afternoons, departing from the Rotunda at 2 pm. Free with Museum admission.

Special Programs and Events

Veneralia: Experiencing Art in Architecture Saturday, March 16, 7 pm

Veneralia, the “festival of Venus” as it was known in ancient times, is the Museum’s signature spring Gala. At this year’s event, you will be able to Experience Art in Architecture within the Museum’s acclaimed Michael Graves building. The entire top floor of the Museum will be transformed by esteemed Atlanta interior designers and architects into a multi-sensory experience of specialty cocktails, global cuisine provided by Dennis Dean Catering, and uniquely designed interiors inspired by the Museum’s collections. Tickets are available at carlos.

Tibet Week Monday, March 25–Saturday, March 30

The Emory Tibet Partnership, the Department of Religion, and the Carlos Museum present the twelfth annual Tibet Week celebration. Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be on site constructing the sand mandala of Bhaishajayaraja Guru (Healing Kin Guru) beginning with the opening ceremonies on Monday at noon and continuing Tuesday through Friday from 10 am–4 pm, and Saturday from 10 am until the closing ceremonies begin at 1 pm. Other Tibet Week and Tibet-related programs this spring include a Tuesday, March 26 lecture titled Self-Immolation: The Ultimate Non-Violent Protest, by the Honorable Lobsang Nyandak, the Dalai Lama’s representative to the Americas and, on April 6, a performance of Sykyi Nyima (Radiant as the Sun), a Tibetan folk opera. Visit for a complete listing of events related to Tibet Week.


Sculpture Group of Baket-Mut and Her Husband|. Egyptian. New Kingdom, Late Dynasty 18, ca. 14th Century bc. Limestone. Anonymous private collection. Photo: Bruce M. White

Calendar spring summer 2013

What happens when a coyote wants to fly? Find out March 16.

Spring Break Art Camp

Programs for Adults

Monday–Friday, April 8–12, 9 am–3 pm, aftercare 3–5 pm Tate Room

Nix Mann Endowed Lecture

Ceramic artist Cathy Amos will introduce children to animals of the earth, the sky, and the Underworld in the new galleries of the Art of the Americas, and teach ways of creating these animals in a variety of traditional forms including flutes, pedestal plates, and black-on-black pots. Camp will meet from 9 am–3 pm and aftercare will be provided until 5 pm. Fee: $185 for Carlos Museum members; $225 for nonmembers; $60 for aftercare. For more information or to register, call 404-727-0519.

Artful Stories Saturday, April 20, 10 am Asian Galleries

Programs for Children and Families

Artful Stories Saturday, March 16, 10 am Art of the Americas Galleries

Coyote, the trickster, is the subject of traditional Native American stories across much of North America. Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest reveals what happens when Coyote decides he wants to fly like the crows. After the story, explore the patterns on southwestern pottery in the Art of the Americas galleries and make a mobile of Coyote trying to fly with the crows. For ages 3 to 5 and accompanying adults. This program is free, but a reservation is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Children’s Workshop Sunday, March 17, 2 pm Tate Room

In the American Southwest, Native Americans created unglazed pots known as ollas, which were used for storing water and cooking. Contemporary Native American artists have continued to make highly decorated ollas as works of art. Richly patterned ollas can be found in the Melion-Clum Collection of Modern Southwestern Pottery in the newly reinstalled Art of the Americas galleries. Ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga will teach children how to create highly decorated geometric patterns on their own ollas in this afternoon workshop. For ages 10 and up. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Tibetan Opera Mask Workshop for Children Sunday, March 24, 2 pm Tate Room

Tibetan folk musician Techung will tell the story of the masked guardians of the water who perform a traditional dance, Ngonpa Rigna, to purify and bless the stage before the beginning of a Tibetan opera. After the story, children will make a Tibetan guardian mask. This workshop is in conjunction with the performance of the Tibetan opera Sukyi Nyima (Radiant as the Sun) on April 6 at Cannon Chapel. For ages 8 to 12. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Tibetan Sand Painting Workshop for Children Friday, March 29, 4–8 pm, ongoing Tate Room

In this drop-in activity, children of all ages are invited to observe the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery at work on the sand mandala in the Reception Hall and then create their own personal multi-colored sand paintings using traditional copper tools and brightly colored sand in the Tate Room. This program is free and open to the public.

Sweet, lovable, and sometimes mischievous, the elephantheaded Ganesha is one of the most well known of the Hindu gods. Find out how Ganesha’s duty to his mother, Parvati, and her devotion to him ultimately ensures that love and compassion will restore the balance of the universe. Meet the Carlos Museum’s Ganesha, a recent acquisition, and enjoy a beautiful array of sweet treats from Royal Sweets Indian Bakery to celebrate his arrival! For ages 3 to 5 and accompanying adults. This program is free, but a reservation is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Gods, Objects, and Ritual Practice in Ancient Mediterranean Religion Interdisciplinary Conference

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Turquoise has a fascinating history of discovery and use linking ancient North America and Mexico. Wherever it could be wrested from the earth, this precious blue-green gemstone was highly prized for its compelling range of colors and attractive textures and is still much sought after today. The significance and status of turquoise in the Aztec world is reflected in the masterpieces that were fashioned by skilled artisans serving in the Royal Court of the Emperor Moctezuma. In a lecture titled On the Turquoise Trail—From the American Southwest to Moctezuma’s Court, Dr. Colin McEwan, Director of PreColumbian Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, will explain how the scientific study of finely wrought turquoise on pre-Hispanic mosaics offers key insights into its cultural meanings among the indigenous cultures of the Americas. In 1992, the architectural firm of Nix Mann and Associates (now Perkins + Will) generously endowed this lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to campus on an annual basis.


Flying Shaman Kite Workshop Sunday, April 28 Session 1, 1:30–2:30 pm Session 2, 3–5 pm Tate Room


Sunday, April 21, 4 pm Reception Hall

Some of Atlanta’s finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent and hard work combined can accomplish, even at a young age.
 Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation. Family concerts are free and open to the public.

A common sensation of a shaman in a trance state is one of flying. The Nasca of ancient Peru are renowned for their depictions of flying shamans on textiles and ceramic vessels. Children will explore these images in the new galleries and then create flying shaman kites inspired by the Nasca images. Session 1 is for ages 5 to 7; Session 2 is for ages 8 to 12. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Nina West 404-727-0519.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Artful Stories

Chamber Music Concert

Saturday, May 4, 10 am Art of the Americas Galleries

“The Quechua people of Peru say that during ancient times, before the coming of the god Viracocha, this world reached a point at which it was about to end.” So begins Llama and the Great Flood, a story from the Andean people of ancient Peru, about a llama whose dream helps save the world. After looking at images of llamas in the galleries, participants will make sarsillu —tassels made from colorful yarn that decorate the ears of llamas in the Andes to this day. For ages 3 to 5 and accompanying adults. This program is free, but a reservation is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Pyro-Engraving Workshop for Children Sunday, May 5, 2 pm Tate Room

With a tradition reaching back thousands of years in the Andes, pyro-engraved gourds are still made today in Peru. Birds, fish, and complex patterns are rendered on the surface using wood-burning tools. Artist Pam Beagle-Daresta explores animal imagery from ancient Peru in the new galleries, and then teaches kids and their adult companions to pyro-engrave the surface of a gourd. For ages 8 to 12 with accompanying adult. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Violinist David Coucheron performs April 12.

Friday, March 22–Sunday, March 24


Ritual implements, votive gifts, cult statues, magical gems, and the like, have frequently been the object of ancient textual reflection as well as modern archaeological and art historical investigation. But these items have not always been sufficiently investigated for what they can tell us about religious practice. The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Emory’s Program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and the Carlos Museum present a three-day interdisciplinary conference that explores the questions: How did ancient people use objects to mediate between the human and the divine; and how do scholars use these objects as a means of investigating the cultural and historical realities of ancient religion? For complete program and registration information, visit www.samreligions. org/emory-conference-2/. Carlos Museum members receive a discount on registration for this event.

Join the authors as they discuss their book on April 23.

Dr. Karen Stolley, Associate Professor and Chair of Emory’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, discusses how eighteenth-century European and American fascination with the Ancient Americas led to a reinvention of Aztec and Inka civilization that still resonates today in a lecture titled Imagined Empires and Peruvian Princesses: The Ancient Americas in the Eighteenth-Century Mind. Friday, March 22, Noon Reception Hall

William Ransom, piano, and the Vega String Quartet perform Brahms’ Viola Sonata in F Minor and the Piano Quartet in G Minor.

Learn about this Fang reliquary figure at AntiquiTEA on March 19. Reliquary Figure (Bieri). Fang. Late 19th–early 20th centuries. Wood. Lent by Lewis M. Dubroff. Photo: Bruce M. White

Laszlo-Excalibur Lecture Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Ancient Roman marble statuary was originally richly embellished with colorful painting, gilding, and inlay. Such polychromy gave sculptures a range of different appearances from vivid realism— that is, a virtual life-likeness—to highly stylized and artful types of coloration that were elevated and removed from everyday life. In a lecture titled The Polychromy of Roman Marble Sculpture: Color-coding and Materiality, Dr. Mark Abbe, Assistant Professor of Ancient Art at the University of Georgia, will highlight how new interdisciplinary research on the remains of ancient polychromy—often surviving only at the brink of visibility—can elucidate the importance of color in the visual language of Roman marble sculpture. The intimate interconnections between applied color and marble’s prized translucency are emphasized. The John Laszlo, M.D. Excalibur Lecture was established through the generosity of Dr. Laszlo’s family and friends in honor of his retirement from the American Cancer Society.

Lecture Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

In a curatorial conversation titled Public Art and the Politics of Memorialization in Uganda, a Post-Conflict African State, Dr. Sidney Kasfir, Professor Emerita in Emory’s Art History Department and Ugandan sculptor George Kyeyune discuss the art and politics of memorialization in Uganda, a country which has experienced long years of violence and ongoing political rivalries. The artist, a visiting Fulbright fellow at Emory this semester, has executed several major public sculpture commissions there with his collaborator Maria Naita.

Friday, April 19, ongoing 6:30–9:30 pm

Dr. Rebecca Stone, Faculty Curator of Art of the Americas at the Carlos Museum, and Dr. Molly Bassett, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, discuss the sacredness of the color blue in the ancient Americas. From Mesoamerica to the Andes, there was a hierarchy of colors and materials. Europeans were surprised to discover, for instance, that many native cultures valued greenstones, which ranged in color from green to blue, more highly than gold. From the prominence of indigo in ancient South America to its turquoise counterparts in Mesoamerica, handmade and naturally-occurring blues and greens were prominent in the arts, ritual activities, and material cultures of the Americas. Sunday, April 21, 2 pm African Galleries

Carlos Reads! Book Club At the end of the fifth century bc, Thucydides the Athenian claimed that his account of the war between Athens and Sparta was written as a “possession for all time.” Indeed his text, The Peloponnesian War, continues to this day to provoke discussion about a wide range of issues, from the nature of historical inquiry and narrative to the realities of human nature and the possibility of human justice. Cynthia Patterson of Emory’s History Department, with assistance from W.R. Connor’s classic narrative commentary Thucydides, leads readers through this powerful and influential text. Fee: $55 for Carlos Museum members; $70 for non-members, and includes the cost of the two books. Registration required by calling 404-727-6118.

Hot, Hot, Hot! Glassmaking with Janke Studios

Indigo Gallery Talk and Workshop for Adults

Mondays, April 1, 8 & 15, 7:30 pm Board Room

Tuesday, March 19, 4 pm Reception Hall

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Dr. Jessica Stephenson, Curator of African Art, discusses the checkered life history of a magnificent carved reliquary figure from the Fang culture of Gabon. As part of this program, Dr. Stephenson will screen and discuss Susan Vogel’s masterful short film Fang which mixes documentary and fiction techniques to recount an African art object’s journey through a century of peril and adventure, and uses the film styles of each historical period to tell its story— a whole century of Western attitudes towards African culture packed into eight minutes.

Family Concert


Gallery Talk* Thursday, April 11, 7:30 pm Art of the Americas Galleries

Collectors Walter Melion and John Clum lead visitors through Walking in the Footsteps of our Ancestors, an exhibition of their collection of modern southwestern pottery, which includes seed pots, red-and-black ware, vessels inspired by basketry and a number of works made by the famous Quezada family of potters. Space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Chamber Music Concert Friday, April 12, Noon Reception Hall

Brilliant young Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony, David Coucheron, makes his Noontime Series debut with Grieg’s C Minor Sonata and Beethoven’s Spring Sonata.

AntiquiTEA Tuesday, April 16, 4 pm Reception Hall

Hundreds of egg-shaped vessels of varying sizes were first identified as “shoe pots” (zapateras) by archaeologists working in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in the 1800s. But in the early 2000s, then Emory PhD candidate Laura Wingfield learned from a guard at the National Museum of Nicaragua that appliqués on one of the so-called shoe pots were thought to be fallopian tubes. Though she could not find mention of this interpretation in the scholarly literature, she could not deny that the shape looked exactly like a pregnant belly. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Dr. Wingfield discusses her latest research on these “womb pots,” including several examples in the Carlos Museum collection on view for the first time in the newly renovated Art of the Americas galleries.

Lecture Thursday, April 18, 7:30–9 pm Reception Hall

Dr. Joyce Flueckiger, Professor of Religion at Emory, introduces the recent Museum acquisition of an eighth- to ninth-century red sandstone sculpture of Ganesha in a lecture titled Removing All Obstacles: The Worship of Ganesha in India.

Many African cultures have made exquisite use of indigo dye, paint, and bead mediums in a variety of art forms. As a substance and color, indigo in Africa is invested with rich symbolism and purpose. Curator of African Art, Dr. Jessica Stephenson, leads visitors through the African galleries looking at new works on display that feature indigo. Then, Atlanta fiber artist Paula Vester leads an indigo-dyeing workshop using traditional wooden stamps and stitching-and-gathering techniques. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited and registration is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Panel Discussion and Book Signing Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Peter Lacovara, Senior Curator of Egyptian, Nubian and Ancient Near Eastern Art; Marjorie Martin Fisher, Assistant Professor of Egyptology at the University of Michigan; Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo (auc); and award-winning photographer Chester Higgins, Jr., discuss their collaboration on the book Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile, recently published by auc Press. Nubia’s remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. This book documents recent archaeological discoveries about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and gives us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar African legacy.

Lecture Thursday, May 2, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Dr. Richard Zettler, Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Associate Curator-in-Charge of the Penn Museum’s Near East Collections, will contextualize a relief of an Assyrian winged deity from the Palace of Ashur-Nasir-Pal ii, on loan to the Carlos Museum and a highlight of the Near Eastern Galleries.

Chamber Music Concert Friday, May 10, Noon Reception Hall

William Ransom on piano and the Vega String Quartet perform an all Beethoven program.

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