There are many reasons ancient Egypt looms so large in human imagination - the way they approached and shaped the world around them was monumental in all senses of the word. The impact they made on humanity is still echoing down to modern times and people can get a closer look at how they did all that at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
“This new exhibit features about 350 priceless artifacts from ancient Egypt, covering thousands of years from that remarkable country,” said Stephen E. Nash, the museum’s senior curator of archaeology. “It’s different for us in America to imagine the continuity of aesthetics there. They had everything — turmoil, joy, treaties, love… everything.”
The traveling exhibit Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs runs at DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver, through Sept. 5. The exhibition is as a joint venture between Lokschuppen Rosenheim, the University of Aberdeen Museums, the Roemer-und-Pelizaeus Museums Hildesheim and MuseumsPartner Austria, and is presented at the museum by Chevron.
Visitors will be whisked back more than 5,000 years ago to when Egypt became a state that unified numerous villages along the Nile River. Over the ensuing centuries, pharaohs and ordinary people created enormous edifices, delicate works of art and impressive feats of engineering.
According to provided information, the exhibition covers about 3,000 years of Egyptian culture by breaking things up into themes, including:
- Religion and God, which details the role religion plays in everyday life, the power of the gods and their relationships to each other and the people.
- Private Space, where visitors can walk into the living quarters of ancient Egyptians from different social strata and get a sense of how people of different ranks lived and worked together.
- Personal Adornment, which highlights the makeup vessels, jewelry and other items that residents used to make themselves clean and beautiful and signal their station in society.
“In order to understand humanity, you need to get a handle on Egypt, because Egypt is in a league of its own,” Nash said. “There are still a lot of people tremendously interested in ancient Egypt. What they accomplished is really one of the things that makes it great to be human.”
As is always the case, the museum adds what Nash calls the “DMNS treatment,” where curators and volunteers add some touches that can only be seen in Denver. That includes the mummification cart, which teaches visitors about how Egyptians prepared for death.
“I hope people come out of it with a better understanding of the breadth and depth of the human experience,” Nash said. “The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences and that’s truer than ever today.”
For more information, or to purchase a timed ticket, visit dmns.org/egypt.
ArtLab’s latest demands to be heard
PlatteForum, an award-winning urban art and activism laboratory, opened the ArtLab’s “Listen to Our Cries” exhibit at the Savoy at Curtis Park, 2700 Arapahoe St., Unit 102 in Denver. The exhibit runs through Friday, March 18.
The show is from the ArtLab’s interns, “a collective of young artists across multiple mediums and identities,” according to provided information. Participating artists agreed on social justice topics to address in their works, ranging from climate change to identity and gun control.
To see these challenging and affecting works, visit https://platteforum.org/events/listen-to-our-cries-artlab-exhibition for details.
Celebrate the restaurants that make Denver special
Denver Restaurant Week is back to celebrate some of the best eateries the Mile High City has to offer. The annual event runs from Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 20.
There are three price options for either dining out or taking the food to go: $25, $35 and $45. There are numerous wine pairings offered as part of the event, plus you can recognize your favorite server, bartender, sous chef and more.
Check out the menus of the more than 100 participating restaurants and other fun ways to participate at https://www.denver.org/denver-restaurant-week/.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Dua Lipa at the Ball Arena
England’s Dua Lipa only makes bangers. She’s only made two full-length albums, but both are fantastically modern takes on disco, electronic and pop music. Between some great remixes, really fun videos and a slew of awards on both sides of the pond, Lipa is one of the most vibrant presences in pop music.
Understandably, Lipa only goes on tour with musicians who also make bangers. In that spirit, she’s bringing the Future Nostalgia tour to the Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle in Denver, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Coming along for the ride are Megan Thee Stallion and Caroline Polachek, both creators of inescapable hits themselves.
I think it’s safe to say this will be one of the year’s best shows. Get tickets now at www.ticketmaster.com.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.