The Smart Museum of Art

Master Drawings From the Yale University Art Gallery and Objects of Inquiry: The Buckley Collections of Japanese Art

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue

1:30 p.m. Guided tour of the exhibition Objects of Inquiry led by Professor James Ketelaar (limited to 15 people). Objects of Inquiry sets the stage for an examination of the role of ethnicity and religion in late nineteenth-century popular culture. James Ketalaar, Professor in History and East Asian Languages, and co-curator of the exhibition will give a guided a tour of the collection, which was assembled between 1886 and 1892 by Edmund Buckley as the basis for his doctoral work at the University of Chicago and exhibited on campus in one of the first systematic displays of Japanese religious objects in the West. The collection includes rare paintings, sculpture, woodblock prints, temple maps, sutras and religious.

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Time And the Sacred

5850 South Woodlawn Avenue

These unique and intricate photographs of sacred sites in the Republic of Macedonia acquaint viewers with an environment in which Christianity and Islam have coexisted for more than six centuries, and are now in locations in much need of cultural preservation. Co sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and the Franke Institute.

The Renaissance Society

Steve McQueen's Gravesend

5811 South Ellis Avenue, room 418

The subject of British filmmaker Steve McQueen's new short, Gravesend, is coltan, a mineral so valuable it is proving to be the new blood diamond. Used in all cell phones and computers, eighty percent of this mineral comes from the Congo. Symbolic of a new global economy unable to shake the vestiges of neo-imperialism, coltan's is a tall story to tell. Gravesend will be accompanied by Unexploded, a 54 second film the artist made using footage he took in Basra, Iraq.

The Oriental Institute

1155 East 58th Street

9:30-10:30 a.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m. "Highlights of the Collection" guided tour (limited to 30 people).
Join Oriental Institute docents for a guided tour featuring our world renowned collection of art and artifacts from the ancient Near East. Highlights include a colossal statue of King Tutankhamun, a recreated courtyard from ancient Assyrian palace, and fragments of treasures from the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis that was destroyed by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago.

Special Collections

The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome: Printing and Collecting The Speculum Romanae Magnificientiae

1100 East 57th Street - Regenstein Library

3:00 p.m. Guided tour of the project and exhibition (limited to 30 people). In 1540 Antoni Lafreri, a native of Besancon transplanted to Rome, began publishing maps and other printed images that depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. These images were calculated to appeal to the taste for classical antiquity that fueled the cultural event we call the Renaissance. This exhibition examines Lafreri's publishing history of through several generations of printmakers and print publishers, and looks at Lafreri's models, competitors, and imitators, and at the collectors who, over several centuries, revisited and reinvented the Renaissance image of Rome. Along with the history of print collecting, themes include Renaissance city planning, the idea of the picturesque in landscape, Renaissance ideas of history, religious pilgrimage and tourism. The exhibition will also showcase the Library's project to make a digital image database of these prints available online.