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Docent-led, Public Tours

Friday, March 9, Wednesday, April 11, 1–4 pm

Sundays (excluding major holidays), 2 pm

Public tours of Carlos Museum permanent collections are available weekly. Call 404-727-4282 in advance for more information.


Bring a friend and enjoy our special exhibition and our permanent collections on these free afternoons. Also, during each free afternoon, docents will provide guided tours of permanent collections. Members enjoy free admission everyday! Learn more about the benefits of membership at


SUN March 4 Making Momos, traditional Tibetan steamed dumplings TUE March 6 AnitquiTEA with Geshe Dadul Namgyal THUR March 8 Gallery Talk with Dr. Eric Varner SAT March 10 Artful Stories: Mother of Monsters SUN March 18 Conversation with Adele Geras, Alvear Shecter, and Tracey Barratt

Calendar spring 2012

MON March 19, 26, April 2 Carlos Reads! Book Club: Virgil’s Aeneid with Garth Tissol TUES March 20 The Classics! Concert: songs by Schubert, Brahms, and Wolf



Figure It Out Ceramics Studio June 4–8 (7–9 years), June 11–15 (10–12 years)

Making images of the human figure is as old as the impulse to make art. From abstract human figures in clay to the highly idealized images of people depicted in ancient Greece to the individualized portraits of ancient Rome, the Carlos collections provide a rich visual resource for creating figures and faces. Under the tutelage of Atlanta ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga, campers will shape human figures in clay.

The Lost Hero Creative Drama June 18–22 (7–12 years)

Return to Rick Riordan’s world of Camp Half-Blood with Annabeth, as well as new characters Jason, who suffers from amnesia; Piper, his girlfriend; and Leo, his best friend, whose parents are gods in their Roman rather than Greek form. These teen demigods have three days to rescue the goddess Hera before the giant Porphyrion destroys Zeus and overthrows the gods of Olympus. Through creative drama and improv techniques, Julia Prittie Kneeland, professional children’s drama teacher/director, will take campers on a quest to outwit Medea, King Midas, and the giant cannibal Enceladus. And no quest worth its salt can be undertaken without the swords and shields campers will make during the week.

FRI March 23 Chamber Music Concert: The Blakemore Trio

Son of Neptune Creative Drama

SUN March 25 Atlanta’s Young Artists Family Concert with Robert Spano

June 25–29 (7–12 years)

Percy Jackson is back, but he has amnesia and does not know why Gorgons are relentlessly pursuing him. No sooner has he escaped from this predicament than he meets a goddess in disguise who helps him get to Camp Jupiter, the camp for Roman demigods. In this session of camp based on Rick Riordan’s book The Son of Neptune, children’s drama teacher/director Julia Prittie Kneeland will use creative drama and improv techniques with campers as they help save Camp Jupiter and reunite the demigods, Roman and Greek. Along the way, campers will make Anaklusmos/Riptide, the fire of life, and other accoutrements useful for demigods.

Hot Glass Glass Studio July 9–13 and July 16–20 (13–17 years)

Camp Carlos

he Carlos Museum celebrates nineteen years of providing exceptional summer programs for children and teenagers. 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 visits to the Carlos Museum galleries, where campers experience art of the ancient world and then return to the studio to learn from some of Atlanta’s best practicing visual and performing artists. This summer, campers ages 7 to 12 will have opportunities to investigate the human figure in art in the Carlos collections and then hand-build figures with clay; battle the forces of Chaos alongside Sadie and Carter Kane from Rick Riordan’s book The Throne of Fire while learning the magic of drawing and writing hieroglyphs; and, through creative drama bring to life the challenges and triumphs of an assortment of Roman and Greek demi-gods—Jason, Piper, Leo, and Percy—as they enter the world of Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter featured in Rick Riordan’s series The Heroes of Olympus. Teens from 13 to 17 will immerse themselves in a “hot shop” as they learn glassblowing, lamp work, slumping, and fusing in a special two-week session with glass artists from Janke Studios. A summer of imagination and creativity await your child at Camp Carlos!

WED March 21 Laszlo-Excalibur Lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Hurwit

Glass has a history that reaches back to ancient Mesopotamia and developed fully as an art form during the ancient Roman Empire. Using techniques that have changed little since ancient times, glass artists from Janke Studios will teach teens how to work with hot glass to blow, slump, fuse, make beads, cast, and wrap to make works in glass in this special two week session. The first week of camp will take place at the Carlos Museum and will include exploring glass works of art in the Carlos collections, while the second week of camp will be onsite at Janke Studios. Transportation to and from Janke Studios will be provided.

The Book of Ra and The Throne of Fire Ancient Egyptian Scribal Arts July 23–27 (7–9 years), July 30–August 3 (10–12 years)

Siblings Carter and Sadie, descendants of the House of Life, have to revive the sun god Ra in order to battle the forces of Chaos in the form of the Apophis snake in Rick Riordan’s The Throne of Fire, the second book in The Kane Chronicles. But first they must search the world for the three parts of The Book of Ra, a papyrus scroll with ancient Egyptian spells written in hieroglyphs. In this session, Atlanta artist Cathy Amos will use the traditional tools of ancient Egyptian scribes—reed pens, papyrus, and ink—to teach campers the skills of ancient Egyptian scribes as they create a papyrus scroll containing the commands used by Carter and Sadie.



Monks constructing a sand mandala. PHOTO: MYRON MCGHEE.

Making shields at Camp Carlos.

MON March 26–March 31 Emory University’s Twelfth Annual Tibet Week APRIL

SUN April 1 Workshop for Children with Elizabeth Carpenter TUE April 3 Chamber Music Concert: Robert Spano and the Vega String Quartet with

Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, Isam Vaid, and Michael Karlin TUE April 3 Panel Discussion on religion WED April 4 Spring Break Art Day: Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism WED April 4 Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Bonna Daix Wescoat MON April 9 Carlos Reads! Book Club: The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes TUE April 10 AntiquiTEA with Dr. Laura Brannen Wingfield THUR April 12 Gallery Talk with Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi FRI April 13 Homeschool Day at the Carlos: Greek and Roman mythology SAT April 14 Artful Stories: Once Upon a Starry Night TUE April 17 Nix Mann Endowed Lecture with Dr. Sidney Babcock THUR April 19 Lecture with Dr. Walter Melion FRI April 20 Chamber Music Concert: Christopher Rex, Eun Sun Lee, and the Vega String Quartet THUR April 26 Gallery Talk with Dr. Todd Cronan SUN April 29 Girl Scout Ceramics Badge Day Girl Scout Day April 29


TUE May 1 AntiquiTEA with Dr. Peter Lacovara SAT May 5 Artful Stories: The Snow Leopard SUN May 6 Workshop for Children with Julie Jones Boulee MON May 7, 14, 21 Carlos Reads! Book Club: The Oresteia SAT May 19 Veneralia: Night of the Black Jaguar

To add events to your digital calendar, visit the Carlos Museum calendar online at

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The Classics! An Evening in Ancient Greece and Rome Tuesday, March 20, 8:15 pm Reception Hall

Join Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and some of Emory’s finest faculty and student voices for The Classics!, an evening in ancient Greece and Rome with songs by Schubert, Brahms, and Wolf. Prior to the program, concertgoers are invited to explore the relationship between the poets and composers of German lieder and the ancient world in the Greek and Roman Galleries with curator Jasper Gaunt. To accommodate as many people as possible, two short talks will be held, one at 7 pm and the other at 7:45 pm. Space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-6118.

The Blakemore Trio Friday, March 23, Noon Reception Hall

In this chamber music concert, the Blakemore Trio performs Haydn’s Trio in A Major, Hob xv: 18 and Dvorak’s Trio No. 3 in F minor, op. 65.

Robert Spano and the Vega String Quartet Tuesday, April 3, Noon Reception Hall

Pianist Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Emory Artist-in-Residence, joins the Vega String Quartet for a performance of Brahms’ Quintet in F Minor.

Christopher Rex, Eun Sun Lee, and the Vega String Quartet Friday, April 20, Noon Reception Hall

Christopher Rex, cello, and Eun Sun Lee, viola, join the Vega String Quartet for a performance of Brahms’ Sextet for Strings in B-flat.


Artful Stories Saturday, March 10, 10 am African Galleries

In the delightful children’s book Mother of Monsters, Ntombi, the chief’s daughter, is fearless! She wants to see the Illulange River even though she has been told that a frightening monster lives there. Come hear the story of Ntombi and her bravery in the setting of the African Galleries. After the story make a “mother of monsters” in clay. For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free but a reservation is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Family Concert Sunday, March 25, 4 pm Reception Hall

Atlanta’s Young Artists concert, with guest host Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. An annual showcase of some of the area’s finest pre-college talent. Family concerts are free to Carlos Museum Family level members; all others $4 in advance at the Arts at Emory Box Office, 404-727-5050, or at the door.

Workshop for Children Sunday, April 1, 2 pm Reception Hall

Elizabeth Carpenter, the author and artist behind Mummy Mazes, visits the Carlos Museum to demonstrate her method of creating giant mazes from works of Egyptian art. These poster size mazes feature mummies, monuments, and intricate murals, ancient gods

and the Pharaoh’s mask, scarabs, an Egyptian night sky, and the Giant Sphinx who guards the pyramid complex at Giza. The meticulously drawn mazes lead kids through hieroglyphic inscriptions, cracks in the limestone, detailed wall paintings, and more. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author. For ages 6 and up.

Spring Break Art Day Wednesday, April 4, Noon Reception Hall

Travel to Tibet this Spring Break by visiting the exhibition Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism. Explore the intricate and beautiful mandalas in two and three dimensions with the help of an activity guide. Make a yantra, a protective amulet, made from a printed image of the Buddha that is folded and wrapped in a pattern with colorful strings, and a Tibetan prayer flag with the image of a “windhorse,” used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom as they flutter in the wind carrying blessings to all beings. Free with museum admission. For Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Homeschool Day at the Carlos Friday, April 13, Noon–3 pm

Explore the mythology of the Greeks and Romans, hear the stories of the gods and heroes with a storyteller, and participate in a guided drawing activity in the beautiful collections of the Carlos Museum. Fee: $6 per visitor. Age 5 and younger is free. Registration is required by contacting Julie Green at jgree09@

Artful Stories Saturday, April 14, 10 am Greek Galleries

Ancient Greek gods, heroes, and creatures exist not only in stories and in works of art, but in the night sky in the form of constellations. Come hear the stories of Hercules, Medusa, and Pegasus in the book Once Upon a Starry Night and meet them in the galleries as they were depicted by artists in antiquity. After the story and tour in the Greek and Roman galleries, children and their accompanying adults will explore constellations in the “night sky” with April Whitt from Fernbank Science Center in Star Lab, a portable planetarium set up in the Carlos Museum. For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free but a reservation is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Girl Scout Ceramics Badge Day Sunday, April 29, Noon–5 pm

Junior Girl Scouts in the NW Georgia Council are invited to complete the requirements for the Ceramics Badge at the Carlos Museum. A scavenger hunt will guide scouts through the galleries looking for ceramics styles and techniques from Egypt, the ancient Americas, Greece, and sub-Saharan Africa. Artists will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand-building techniques, and scouts may try many of these techniques themselves! The cost is $14 per scout. Troop leaders who would like to register their troop should contact Nina West at Registration ends April 20, 2012.

Artful Stories Saturday, May 5, 10 am Asian Galleries

Guardian spirits in the shape of an animal care for the sacred lands in the Mergich Realm. The Snow Leopard, set in the Himalayan Mountains, is a story about one such animal, who frees a village from a marauding army and grooms the next guardian. After hearing the tale of the snow leopard in the Asian gallery, make a Tibetan prayer flag with the image of the snow leopard. For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free but a reservation is required by calling 404-727-0519.

Workshop for Children Sunday, May 6, 2 pm Tate Room

Surrealist artists wanted to free the imagination from conscious control and so used dreams, images, and ideas that arose spontaneously in their minds as a way of creating art. Among the works in the special exhibition Embodied Seeing: Modernist Works on Paper is a series of printed postcards of images made by Surrealist artists Magritte and Miro, as well as others. Enter the world and language of dreams where the ordinary becomes extraordinary with Atlanta artist Julie Jones Boulee as she guides children to create surrealist postcards. For ages 8 to 13 years. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Nina West at 404.727.0519 or


Lecture and Book Signing

Gallery Talk


Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm John Howett Works on Paper Gallery

Celebrate the publication of Dr. Bonna Daix Wescoat’s new book The Temple of Athena at Assos by Oxford University Press. Dr. Wescoat will discuss the ancient temple, located in modern Turkey, as an exercise in architectural intervention. It was built in a city that had no prior monumental tradition in either architecture or sculpture. She proposes a new reconstruction of the building and situates the Temple within the formative development of monumental architecture in Archaic Greece. Join in a toast to Dr. Wescoat and hear her present her research on this extraordinary site.

Dr. Todd Cronan, Assistant Professor of Art History at Emory, leads visitors through the exhibition Embodied Seeing: Modernist Works on Paper.

Tuesday, March 6, 4 pm, Reception Hall

Enjoy traditional Dharamsala ginger tea as Geshe Dadul Namgyal discusses a rice mandala in the exhibition and the “offering of the universe” for which it is used.

Gallery Talk Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm Greek and Roman Galleries

Join Dr. Eric Varner, Associate Professor of Art History and Classics at Emory, for a look at extraordinary works of Roman art in the Carlos Collection of Ancient Art.

Laszlo-Excalibur Lecture Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 pm Reception Hall


The Aeneid Mondays, March 19, 26, and April 2, 7:30 pm Board Room

Dr. Garth Tissol of Emory’s Department of Classics leads readers through the Aeneid, Virgil’s epic on the origins of Rome. We will follow the hero Aeneas as he discovers his own destiny and that of the Roman people. Leaving the flames of Troy, he leads his followers in wandering the sea, entangles himself in a tragic love affair with Dido, queen of Carthage, visits the underworld, and, arriving in Italy at last, battles with its inhabitants. We will read the Aeneid in the translation of Robert Fitzgerald, which admirably captures the excitement and pathos of the original. Fee: $35 for Carlos Museum members; $50 for non-members and includes the cost of the book. Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118 or emailing

The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes

Jeffrey Hurwit, Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Oregon, delivers this year’s Laszlo-Excalibur Lecture titled The Shipwreck of Odysseus: Problems of Myth and Narrative in Late Geometric Art. In this talk, Dr. Hurwit, focusing on a well-known eighth-century bc vase painting* that may show the shipwreck of Odysseus, defends the now controversial premise that myth was the subject of some Late Geometric Greek artists. He also suggests that the most important thing we can do with a Late Geometric scene is not to assign it to one of the standard categories of “myth” or “genre” or “the generalized heroic,” but to new categories that transcend those distinctions. He emphasizes the exceptionalism, variety, and originality of Late Geometric imagery and the Late Geometric artist’s interest in the description of both the heroic and real worlds. The John Laszlo, md, Excalibur Lecture was established through the generosity of Dr. Laszlo’s family and friends in honor of his retirement from the American Cancer Society.

Panel Discussion

Monday, April 9, 7:30 pm Board Room

Dr. Deepika Bahri, Associate Professor of English at Emory, and Dr. Sara McClintock, Associate Professor of Religion at Emory, lead readers through Jamang Norbu’s The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $30 for nonmembers and includes the cost of the book. Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118 or emailing

The Oresteia Mondays, May 7, 14, and 21, 7:30 pm Board Room

Dr. Louise Pratt, Professor of Classics at Emory, leads readers through The Oresteia, a trilogy of Greek tragedies by Aeschylus about the fall of the House of Atreus. The Oresteia is the only surviving trilogy of the many that were performed on the Athenian stage, and is important in reflecting a new civic conception of justice central to Athenian democracy at its height. It includes the most poetic of all surviving tragedies, Agamemnon, and the earliest examples of those perennial favorites of drama: two murders and a trial. With two truly great female characters in Clytemnestra and Cassandra, The Oresteia repays rich rewards for those willing to confront its initial challenges. Fee: $35 for Carlos Museum members; $50 for non-members and includes the cost of the book. Registration is required by calling 404-727-6118 or emailing *Detail of an Attic Late Geometric oinochoe, ca. 74–720 bc. Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, no. 8696

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

The Emory University Religious Life Scholars, Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, Isam Vaid, and Michael Karlin, discuss the various roles the body plays in the religious practices of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

AntiquiTEA Tuesday, April 10, 4 pm Reception Hall

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Dr. Laura Brannen Wingfield discusses hummingbird imagery in the art of the ancient Americas. Hummingbirds were revered by ancient Americans for their swiftness and iridescent beauty. They were the symbol of top supernaturals from the Aztecs of the Valley of Mexico to the Nasca of coastal Peru. The Carlos Museum’s Nasca hummingbird embroidered shawl from c. ad 100 will be the focal piece in this talk, but tales of the little bird from throughout the indigenous Americas will set the stage for the discussion.

Gallery Talk

AntiquiTEA Tuesday, May 1, 4 pm Reception Hall

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Dr. Peter Lacovara, Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, discusses an innovation of New Kingdom Egyptian decorative pottery, fancyform vessels known as “figure vases.” An example of this type of vessel, on loan to the Carlos Museum by the Baron van Dedam, depicts a woman with a long, curled wig, and large, spool earrings. Though scholars debate their exact function, these finely made vessels often feature mother and child imagery.


Making Momos Sunday, March 4, 2–4 pm Reception Hall

Learn to make momos, traditional Tibetan steamed dumplings, with members of Atlanta’s Tibetan community. The event is free but space is limited and a reservation is required by calling 404-727-6118.

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm Level Three Galleries

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion, discusses a carved wooden mandala of Guhyasamaja, recently completed and on loan from the Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala, India.

Nix Mann Endowed Lecture Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Dr. Sidney Babcock, Curator and Head of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Seals and Tablets at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, delivers this year’s Nix Mann Lecture titled A Seal Upon Thine Heart: Ancient Art in Cylinder Seals from Mesopotamia, ca. 3500–330 BC. Perhaps the smallest objects ever produced by sculptors, cylinder seals were carved in intricate detail with simple tools on a variety of semiprecious stones. In antiquity, their value was amuletic and served to identify the owner. For us today, the designs carved on these seals represent the largest body of visual information to have survived from ancient Mesopotamia. Dr. Babcock’s lecture will show the changing styles of the various historical periods as well as discuss the political, religious, and social issues that influenced the scenes depicted on the seals themselves. Cylinder seals provide a continuous artistic and chronological sequence for over three thousand years, and are crucial to our understanding of the ancient Mesopotamians.

Lecture Thursday, April 19, 7:30 pm Reception Hall

Dr. Walter Melion, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History at Emory, discusses a recent acquisition to the Carlos Museum’s Works on Paper collection in a talk titled Dirk Vellert’s Christ Calling Saints Andrew and Stephen of 1523: Reading the Bible through Images in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp.


Young Adult Literature Conversation Sunday, March 18, 2 pm Tate Room

The Carlos welcomes three outstanding authors of young adult literature for a conversation with readers. British author Adele Geras, author of Troy and Ithaka will (virtually) join Atlanta’s Vicky Alvear Shecter, author of Cleopatra’s Moon, and Nashville’s Tracey Barratt, author of Dark of the Moon, for a conversation about their fascination with the stories and people of the ancient world, and about writing for a young adult audience. For readers and writers of all ages.

Veneralia Saturday, May 19, 7 pm Cocktails and viewing of artist tables, 8 pm Dinner Reception Hall

Co-chaired by Beth Ault and Robert Long, this year’s event Veneralia: Night of the Black Jaguar will highlight the extraordinary exhibition titled ‘For I am the Black Jaguar’: Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art, opening fall 2012. The 21st anniversary of Veneralia will honor Margaret and Charlie Shufeldt. All of the funds raised will benefit the Carlos Museum’s renovation of the Art of the Americas galleries scheduled to re-open January 2013. For information or to purchase tickets contact Betsy Ayers at 404-727-2115 or

Emory University’s Twelfth Annual Tibet Week Monday, March 26–Saturday, March 31

Tibet Week programs this year focus on Tibetan medicine, healing, and the Buddhist approach to death and dying. Visit for a complete schedule of the week’s events.

MCCM Calendar Spring 2012  

The Michael C. Carlos Museum's Spring 2012 Calendar