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.
September 12-December 7, 2014
The Carlos Museum will develop an exhibition from Emory's own collections (Carlos Museum, Pitts Theology Library, and MARBL) 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.
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.
January 17-May 17, 2015
Through the Atmosphere 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 vitreographs full of movement and mystery.