All Exhibitions

DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance by Fahamu Pecou explores the intersections between African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence against black male bodies in the US. Pecou positions these bodies within Ifá, a diasporic religion of the Yoruba of southwest Nigeria; here, where spirits are infinite, a healing alternative exists for slain black men—Martin, Medgar, Emmitt, Trayvon, and Michael among them—and their communities. Centered around his Egungun mask, Pecou uses paintings, drawing, photography, and video to depict the spirit’s journey, including its encounters with divinity and its invocation through the ceremonial Egungun dance. The Carlos Museum will present Pecou’s work alongside historical Yoruba masks and divination tools in its collection, illustrating the continuing practice of this tradition. 

This exhibition will be on view from January 19 through April 28, 2019.


Chimera: Andy Warhol through the 1980s draws on Polaroids, silver gelatin prints, and screen prints from the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s Works on Paper collection to explore Warhol’s working process and his nuanced takes on identity, self-perception, beauty, composition, and the American icon.  In contrast to his most iconic pop art prints, these lesser known works of art reveal a thoughtful and self-reflective artist interested in multiple techniques and stages of completion.

 

This exhibition will be on view August 25 through November 25, 2018, in the John Howett Works on Paper Gallery.


February 10 - November 11, 2018
From domesticated pets to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years. The Carlos Museum will present Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, an exhibition featuring cats and lions (and even dogs and jackals) in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life.

 


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.