eNews: October 2009

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YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE ENDLESS FORMS

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Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts

Until 4 October 2009

"Best show of the year" - Daily Telegraph

Don't miss your last chance to see the most popular exhibition in The Fitzwilliam Museum's history.

This critically acclaimed show, which has been seen by 80,000 visitors, closes Sunday 4 October 2009.
 

Time is running out to see your Darwin-inspired photographs in the Endless Forms Flickr pool and in the Courtyard installation: find out more at www.darwinendlessforms.org/flickr/.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS OPENING THIS MONTH

Recent Acquisitions of Drawings and Prints

Opens 20 October

A chance to see a selection of the latest works to enrich the Fitzwilliam's world-class collections - many of which will be going on display for the first time. Among the works included in this exhibition are a diverse group of Italian Renaissance drawings, spectacular proofs of aquatints by Goya and Picasso and a rare fan design by Gaugin.

A Lifetime of Connoisseurship: Graham Pollard and the Study of the Medal

Opens 27 October

An exhibition celebrating the contribution of Graham Pollard - the leading international authority on Renaissance medals in the post-War period, and a key figure in the life and collections of the Fitzwilliam. A Lifetime of Connoisseurship showcases a diverse range of medals and related material - from examples of fifteenth-century Italian craftsmanship to contemporary art medals.

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Also on display this month:

Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon

An evocative selection of lithographs by the French Symbolist artist Odilon Redon, exploring his expressive and symbolic use of light.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE FITZ

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The Fitzwilliam is marking Black History 2009 with a special photographic display, film screening, workshops and talks.

Special Display: Black to Kemet - Placing Egypt Back in Africa

6 October - 20 October

This display in the Museum's Courtyard presents photographs by Cambridge-based photographer Andrew Crowe, exploring Egypt as part of Africa, and including images from Ancient and Modern Egypt.

Art & the African Diaspora

Saturday 3 October | 11.00-13.00
A session exploring themes of humour, family and migration in the work of contemporary artists of African descent.

Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy of the Nile Valley

Saturday 10 October | 11.00-13.00
A special screening of the film Nubian Spirit, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Louis Buckley.

From 'Kemet' to 'Egypt'

Saturday 17 October | 11.00-13.00
A talk on Dr. Sally-Ann Ashton's current research exploring Ancient Egypt as part of African culture and heritage.

All events FREE, booking is essential (see below for details).
For Black History Month lunchtime talks, please see below.

 

TALKS CELEBRATING THE CAMBRIDGE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

Get involved with the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas at The Fitzwilliam Museum, with a series of special talks:

Anglo-Saxon Coins and Frontal Representations

Wednesday 21 October | 13.15
A talk by Anna Gannon, Affiliated Lecturer in History of Art

Salvator Rosa's L'Umana Fragilità

Friday 23 October | 13.15
A gallery talk by Jean Michel Massing, Dept. of History of Art

Stories and Landscapes: 19th Century Paintings in The Fitzwilliam Museum

Friday 30 October | 13.15
A talk by Nina Lübbren, Anglia Ruskin University

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EVENT FOR YOUNG ADULTS: 'VERVE' RETURNS TO THE FITZ

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Verve

Saturday 10 October | 18.00-20.30

After the success of last year's event, 'Verve' returns to the Museum with an evening of music, art and poetry for young people aged 14+. On offer at Verve 2009:

* Live performance by acclaimed poet and illustrator Dockers MC
* Interactive drawing and light show from theatre company Indefinite Articles
* Workshops in drawing and animation
* Animation shorts by Cambridge School of Art students

FREE, no booking required

 

DROP IN AND DRAW: 'THE BIG DRAW' AT THE FITZWILLIAM

Be a part of the nationwide Big Draw celebrations with these drop-in sessions.

Drawing Together in the Community

Saturday 24 October | 11.00-13.00
Drop in for a drawing session at Ross Street Community Centre, with artists and students from Cambridge School of Art
FREE, no booking required

Drawing Together

Wednesday 28 October | 10.00-16.00
Get activities, advice and inspiration from the Fitz Family Welcome Point
FREE, no booking required

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FREE LUNCHTIME TALKS

To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

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The Nativity and Iconography of the Black King

Wednesday 7 October | 13.15-14.00
Jean Michel Massing, Dept. of History of Art

Speaking of Sculpture

Friday 9 October | 13.15-14.00
Diane Maclean, Sculpture Promenade exhibitor

Images of Africans in the Ancient World

Wednesday 14 October | 13.15-14.00
Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper, Antiquities

Raeburn & Reynolds

Wednesday 28 October | 13.15-14.00
Gill Hart, Outreach & Access Officer

 

 

EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES

To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Family First Saturdays

Saturday 3 October | 14.00-16.00
On the first Saturday of every month, visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point where families can collect free drawing materials, activities and trails.
FREE, no booking required

Oops Upside Your Head

Saturday 17 October | 11.00-13.00
For children aged 8+: a drawing, thinking tour of sculpture inside and outside the Museum, followed by a sculpture workshop.
£5 per child, booking essential

Storytelling at the Fitz

Thursday 29 & 27 October | 10.30-11.15 & 12.00 - 12.45
Join in storytelling and story making with Marion Leeper.
FREE, no booking required

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MUSIC IN THE FITZWILLIAM

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Enjoy musical recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

Sunday Promenade Concerts

Sunday 11 October | 13.15-14.00
Lyn Carter - Piano
Charlottle Swift - Clarinet

Sunday 18 October | 13.15-14.00
Mulberry Piano Trio

Sunday 25 October | 13.15-14.00
Le Petit Orchestre - period instruments


Please note: continuing access restriction due to refurbishment

To enable the refurbishment of the Greek and Roman gallery to progress, there will be no ground-level access to the Ancient Near East, Rome and Ancient Sudan and the Egyptian Galleries (Rooms 19, 20, 23 and 24). Visitors with wheelchairs and pushchairs who are unable to use the stairs may be escorted though the closed corridor - please ask an attendant. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

For full details of all events and exhibitions at the Museum, see

www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/

 

Image credits: Duria Antiquior © The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge / Black to Kemet image © Andrew Crowe

 


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