Exhibition - Egyptomania: The Western Fascination with Egypt

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

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The exhibition is on view November 1, 2018-January 27, 2019 during regular library hours.Enjoy an opening reception with a gallery tour by archeologist Megan Paqua at 7:00p.m. Discover how Egypt has captivated the Western imagination from the 19th century until today. From Napoleon’s conquest of Africa to the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the 1920s, Egyptomania swept America and Europe and came to symbolize the exotic, romantic, and mysterious. Featuring materials from Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives, including late-19th-century photographs of Egypt and archeological surveys, this exhibition explores the far-reaching influence of Egypt on Western culture. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served at the reception, which is free and open to the public.No registration is required.

Related programming during the exhibition dates include a kickoff to the exhibition on Friday, October 26 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join Pequot staff in the new Dillon Reading Room for Fantastic Finds: Egyptomania Exhibition Previewand take an up-close look at the materials chosen to be on display in the exhibition and learn how they have influenced Western culture.

Experience the Off the Wall Book ClubonWednesday,November 14 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.with Chief Librarian Christine Catallo and gain a different perspective on our current, exciting exhibition. Dive deeper into the theme and subject on display by reading and discussing The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al-Aswanyand then receiving a tour of the exhibition. The novel examines the varied, myriad lives of the tenants living in the eponymous building in downtown Cairo. This monthly book club is free and open to the public, with registration required at pequotlibrary.org.

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