Are you looking for some culture to add to your weekly routine? Or maybe some inspiration for the history paper that’s due sooner than you thought? Look no further than the Lisanby Museum, located on the bottom floor of Festival in East Campus!
This semester until February 26th the Lisanby Museum is displaying an exhibit entitled “Coming Forth by Day: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt.” This exhibit features Egyptian religious iconography, mummy rites and wrappings, and the most fashionable Ancient Egyptian jewelry around! Dr. Kate Stephens, the Director of the Madison Art Collection and an assistant professor of art history at JMU, took a moment to talk about the Lisanby’s current exhibit.
“The popular image of ancient Egypt focuses on its funerary rituals and burial practices, particularly as dramatized by cinema and television. A closer look reveals not a culture obsessed with death but with continued existence both on earth and in the after world.”
If mummies aren’t your cup of tea, March 15th through April 28th brings a new exhibit to the Lisanby Museum, J-Maddy. The exhibition of the life and work of James Madison will be curated by Outreach and Engagement’s Madison Institutes in conjunction with James Madison Week to provide JMU students with items and artifacts from Madison’s Montpelier and from the university’s own collection.
There’s also a great deal going on behind the scenes at the museum as well for both the directors and the interns.
“We recently received a gift of over 1,400 Mesoamerican artifacts,” said associate director of the Madison Art Collection Melanie Brimhall. “This collection is being researched by 11 interns in order to ascertain the location from which they originated and the cultures who produced them. Research includes a chemical analysis of the elements, iconographic comparisons with other collections, as well as photographic documentation of each piece.” So look out for the new research being generated right here at JMU’s Lisanby Museum in the coming months!
From Ancient Egypt to James Madison to Mesoamerica, the Lisanby Museum in Festival provides our campus with a tangible, real side to our textbooks! Make sure to drop by sometime this semester between 10am and 4pm to visit the mummies, J-Maddy and the interns at the Lisanby.