Egyptomania: The Western Fascination with Egypt Exhibition

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On view November 1, 2018-January 27, 2019 during regular library hours

Enjoy an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. on November 1 with a gallery tour at 7:00 p.m. by archaeologist Megan Paqua. Discover how Egypt has captivated the Western imagination from the nineteenth 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, including late 19th century photographs of Egypt and archeological surveys, this exhibit explores the far-reaching influence of Egypt on Western culture. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Related programming during the exhibition dates include a kick-off to the exhibition on Friday October 26 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “Fantastic Finds: Egyptomania Exhibition Preview.

Experience the “Off the Wall Book Club” on November 14 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Discover “The Yacoubian Building” by Alaa Al-Aswany. It examines the varied, myriad lives of the tenants living in the eponymous building in downtown Cairo.

Movie lovers will enjoy the Pequot Presents film series beginning with “The Mummy” (1932, 1hr 14min) on Wednesday, November 28 at 3:00 p.m.


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Perkin Gallery, Reading Room