All Exhibitions

Through February 1, 2015

The Native North American gallery on the first floor will next host a show of objects on loan to the Carlos Museum representing the Wixárika (often known as the Huichol) indigenous people of modern western Mexico. Their stunning beaded objects and pressed-yarn "paintings" span the sacred to the secular, from prayer bowls used on their pilgrimage ceremonies to masks made expressly for collectors.


September 13-December 7, 2014
The Carlos Museum presents an exhibition from Emory's own collections entitled God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings. The exhibition will explore the stories of Genesis from the first days of creation through the fall of man and more, and will include Albrecht Dürer’s famed 1504 engraving, Adam and Eve.     

August 30, 2014 – July 26, 2015
A tablet discovered in the ruins of the ancient Babylonian city of Nippur in the nineteenth century by a team from the University of Pennsylvania tells the extraordinary story of a plan by the gods to destroy the world by means of a great flood and recounts the tale of an immortal man named Utnapishti, who builds a huge boat to rescue his family and every type of animal. The Nippur Tablet is now on loan to the Carlos Museum by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to highlight programming and research focused on ancient biblical sources in conjunction with Emory University’s Creation Stories project.     
 

January 17-May 17, 2015
Creating Matter  will explore the work of African-American artist Mildred Thompson and her interest in the cosmos and the creation of the world.Thompson’s work is heavily influenced by African textiles, American jazz, European classical music, and German Expressionism. Most of her early work was figural, but she moved toward total abstraction in the 1970s, creating prints full of movement and mystery.

January 31-June 21, 2015
The Carlos Museum will host a major exhibition from the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian entitled African Cosmos: Stellar Arts , the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. Featuring more than seventy outstanding works of art from throughout the African continent, African Cosmos  considers how the sun, moon, stars, and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows have served as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art from ancient times to the present. The African Cosmos  exhibition will demonstrate that observations of the heavens are part of the knowledge that informs origin stories, artistic expression, and ritual practice in African cultures. Standing at the core of creation myths and the foundation of moral values, celestial bodies are often accorded sacred capacities and are part of the “cosmological map” that allows humans to chart their course through life.

February 19 - May 18, 2014
The Carlos Museum plaque of the goddess Lhamo is currently on view at Asia society in New York in their exhibit "Golden Visions of Densatil: a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery"

 

September 21, 2013 - June 8, 2014
Carlos Museum objects are on loan to the Albany Institute of History and Art as part of The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. Art and artifacts from around the world and advanced medical technologies help unravel the mystery of the Albany mummies.

The Carlos Museum has closely cooperated on a number of projects with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, including work at Abydos to better understand the context of Emory’s Old Kingdom mummy. These stela date to around the early 4th Century A.D. and reflect the influence of Greco-Roman culture in Egypt. Michigan excavated part of the vast cemetery of Kom Abu Billou that was the graveyard for the town of Terenouthis. The tombs had chapels with decorated altars that housed small limestone stela that depicted the tomb owner.

Long-term Collection Share Partnership
HMNS, one of the top ten most visited museums in the country, collaborates with the Carlos Museum on conservation and research in developing a new permanent 10,000-square-foot hall of Ancient Egypt.