The Michael C. Carlos Museum announced on Wednesday its upcoming presentation of an exhibit on the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, which will be on display in the United States for the first time in 26 years.
The exhibit, titled “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” and co-sponsored by National Geographic, Northern Trust and American Airlines, will feature more than 130 varied artifacts, some of which were not displayed on the first U.S. tour, and will open on Nov. 15 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
According to the Carlos website, the Atlanta Civic Center, located less than five miles from campus, was chosen to house the exhibit because it would provide more room for parking and closer proximity to Atlanta’s downtown area than the Carlos Museum. Exact ticket prices for the exhibit have not yet been determined, but student discounts will be available for those with Carlos Museum memberships.
Though the exhibit will not be featured physically at the Carlos, Emory’s involvement will likely still have an impact, University President James W. Wagner said in a University press release.
“Emory’s dedication to courageous inquiry and the spirit of global partnerships are qualities we want to foster,” Wagner said in the press release. “The Carlos Museum of Emory University has helped to create a superb opportunity to reflect on and honor the ancient legacies of the world, their profound impact on our lives and the importance of continued dialogue. We trust that King Tutankhamun’s visit will open many doors.”
The Carlos Museum will feature an accompanying exhibit, “Wonderful Things: The Harry Burton Photographs and the Discovery of the Tombs of Tutankhamun,” as well as its ongoing presentation of its permanent collection of ancient Egyptian art.
The photographs will feature a step-by-step record of the journey of the archaeologists who discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922. The exhibit will run from Nov. 15 to May 22, 2009.
The Carlos website describes the presentation of the exhibition as a fulfillment of the Carlos Museum’s mission “to bring great works of art from different cultures and historical periods to the people of Atlanta and the region.”
Bonnie Speed, director of the Carlos Museum, echoed this sentiment.
“The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is honored to bring to Atlanta one of the greatest artistic and cultural legacies of the ancient world,” Speed said in a press release. “People of Georgia will be able to experience first-hand the impact and relevance of these extraordinary treasures and we look forward to offering an array of educational programs to further illuminate the life and times of King Tutankhamun and the great pharaohs of Egypt.”
College sophomore Jasmine Pondexter said she believes the exhibit will add prestige to the University.
“It makes me feel good to go to a University where King Tut has come to visit. It’s a privilege to have this exhibit associated with our school name,” she said.
College freshman Lauren Raab said she is excited to visit the exhibit when it opens.
“It’s great that it’s accessible to all students,” she said.
— Contact Lauren Woods