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05/06/2020 01:00 PM Online
Clare Fitzgerald and Reconstructed panel of bricks with a striding lion Neo-Babylonian Period; Ishtar Gate Processional Way

Ishtar Gate Virtual Tour

Clare Fitzgerald

On May 6th, ISAW Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator, Clare Fitzgerald, gave a Virtual Tour of our current exhibition, A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate. This online presentation was given in collaboration with NYU's Alumni office, and we are pleased to be able to provide our community with the full recording.
04/15/2020 12:00 PM ISAW Galleries
Reconstructed panel of bricks with a striding lion Neo-Babylonian Period; Processional Way, El-Kasr Mound, Babylon, Iraq; CC0 1.0 Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

CANCELLED: Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Mariana Castro

Please Note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. Join us in the galleries for a 20-minute in-depth discussion of a single object from A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate. In this brief lunchtime talk, participants will engage in a guided conversation exploring the specific history, iconography, and manufacture of one of the objects on view in our current exhibition.
04/13/2020 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

CANCELLED: How Global Was the Early Medieval World?:

An Exploration of Worldwide Connections 500-1000 CE

Erik Hermans

Note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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04/10/2020 06:00 PM ISAW Galleries
Reconstructed panel of bricks with a striding lion Neo-Babylonian Period; Processional Way, El-Kasr Mound, Babylon, Iraq; CC0 1.0 Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

CANCELLED: Friday Evening Exhibition Tour

Peter Moore Johnson

Please Note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. Part of our Free Friday Evening Exhibition tour series. Join us in the galleries for an in-depth discussion of the exhibition A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate. In this tour, participants will engage in a guided conversation exploring the specific history, iconography, and transformative power of ancient Near Eastern craftsmanship as it relates to the creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate and Processional Way.
04/08/2020 12:00 PM ISAW Galleries
Reconstructed panel of bricks with a striding lion Neo-Babylonian Period; Processional Way, El-Kasr Mound, Babylon, Iraq; CC0 1.0 Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

CANCELLED: Exhibition Gallery Talk: Object Histories

Peter Moore Johnson

Please Note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. Join us in the galleries for a 20-minute in-depth discussion of a single object from A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate. In this brief lunchtime talk, participants will engage in a guided conversation exploring the specific history, iconography, and manufacture of one of the objects on view in our current exhibition.
04/07/2020 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
watercolor painting of sun rising above mountain range; landscape is barren except for a few trees on plateau in foreground.

CANCELLED: Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: Sogdian Culture: Its Prelude, Blossom and Afterlife

Lecture 4: Accumulation of Archaeological Data: More Clarity or More Confusion?

Pavel Lurje

Note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. Lecture 4 in a four-part series — The Sogdians, an eastern Iranian people who lived in the central part of modern Uzbekistan and neighboring areas of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in the Late Antique and early Medieval periods (4th to 10th centuries CE), produced a culture that made a deep impact on the history of Eurasia. In the last decades, the study of the Sogdians has developed greatly in many countries, and the recent launch of a Sogdian digital exhibition at the Freer|Sackler Gallery marks a new phase of interest in the Sogdians. Archaeological remains and excavated documents tell us the multifaceted story of a society of landlords, merchants, craftsmen, and brave knights—and also of women and their rights and opinions. This is also a story that lacks imperial ambition, but shows religious pluralism in vibrant cities and the life in diasporas, most famously documented in the inclusion of Sogdian merchants in Chinese society, thus contradicting the common opinion of xenophobia of the Celestial Empire. The Sogdians produced outstanding work of visual art, combining intricate ornamental decorations with the rich narrative of epics, tales, and fables.
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04/06/2020 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
Photo of the inside of a silver bowl showing a central seated figure, who holds a cup and wears a crown, surrounding by a pair of musicians, a pair of offering-bearers, and a pair of lions.

CANCELLED: Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: Sogdian Culture: Its Prelude, Blossom and Afterlife

Lecture 3: The Heritage of Sogdians: In Middle Asia, Far East and Worldwide

Pavel Lurje

Note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience. Lecture 3 in a four-part series — The Sogdians, an eastern Iranian people who lived in the central part of modern Uzbekistan and neighboring areas of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in the Late Antique and early Medieval periods (4th to 10th centuries CE), produced a culture that made a deep impact on the history of Eurasia. In the last decades, the study of the Sogdians has developed greatly in many countries, and the recent launch of a Sogdian digital exhibition at the Freer|Sackler Gallery marks a new phase of interest in the Sogdians. Archaeological remains and excavated documents tell us the multifaceted story of a society of landlords, merchants, craftsmen, and brave knights—and also of women and their rights and opinions. This is also a story that lacks imperial ambition, but shows religious pluralism in vibrant cities and the life in diasporas, most famously documented in the inclusion of Sogdian merchants in Chinese society, thus contradicting the common opinion of xenophobia of the Celestial Empire. The Sogdians produced outstanding work of visual art, combining intricate ornamental decorations with the rich narrative of epics, tales, and fables.
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