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Almanac - May 22, 2012 Volume 58 No. 34

Maya 2012: lords of time (Through January 13, 2013)


Censer Lid with Portrait of a King: One of 12 ceramic lids to a censer, or incense burner, that features portraits of Copan kings. Dated to circa 695 CE, it originally sat atop a large clay vessel used for burning incense. (27" tall x 16" wide x 15" diameter) Photo courtesy: Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History.

The Margarita Panel, a grand, modeled-stucco building panel, measures almost 9 feet high by 12 feet wide. Discovered by a Penn Museum excavation team in the 1990s, it features the emblematic name of Copan's royal founder, K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'. The king's name is shown as two entwined birds: a quetzal bird (k'uk') and scarlet macaw (mo'), with crest elements that spell the initial part of the name yax meaning 'first' or 'green.' Carved around 450 CE it is in remarkable condition buried deep within the Copan Acropolis. MAYA 2012 features a replica of this monumental piece in its full-color splendor. Photo courtesy: Early Copan Acropolis Project, Penn Museum.



Imagine Africa


arthur ross gallery
samba sessÃo: afro-brazilian art & film

Heitor dos Prazeres, 1898-1966; "Roda de Samba (Samba Circle)"; 1957. Oil on particle board. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The John Axelrod Collection–Frank B. Bemis Fund and Charles H. Bayley Fund. Through July 9.



morris arboretum
Colorful victorian home replicas

Garden Railway
For the Grand Opening celebration of Morris Arboretum's Garden Railway, on Saturday, May 26 from 1-3 p.m., children are invited to wear their favorite storybook character’s costume.



institute of contemporary art
"Assuming is stifling," 2004. Art Direction: Stefan Sagmeister.
Design: Matthias Ernstberger. Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show; through August 12.
Wu Tsang, "The Fist is Still Up"; 2010; neon, acrylic on wood panel, 40 x 70 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento. Included in First Among Equals; through August 12.


carol ware lobby, fagin hall
the history of nursing as seen through the lens of art

The HUP Nursing Alumni Association commissioned artist Kathleen Shaver HUP’76, to create an art installation to honor the history and legacy of 125 years of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. More information here.



Human evolution: THE FIRST 200 Million Years

Various fossils on display at the Penn Museum's ongoing exhibit Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years. Visitors have an opportunity to engage with a variety of multi-media programs, as well as view and touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records.



Gibbs Kids

Photo courtesy Musicopia.

Photo: Penn Museum