Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Egyptology Meets Digital Technology for Experimental Lighting Display Lasting Eight Weekends at Met Museum's Temple of Dendur

Image: An experimental lighting display, Color the Temple: Scene 1, at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum. Image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Filip Wolak

Colors that likely decorated an ancient Egyptian temple when it was built 2,000 years ago, but have since eroded away, can be seen at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this winter. To be shown for a series of eight weekends beginning January 29, the experimental lighting display Color the Temple: Scene 1 combines the scholarly knowledge of specialists in the Egyptian Art Department with the technological expertise of staff in the MediaLab at the Met. The colors that were probably used in antiquity will be projected onto a ritual scene carved into the sandstone of the beloved Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, providing visitors with a new perspective on ancient art.
In the scene, the Roman emperor Augustus, depicted as a pharaoh, makes an offering to Egyptian deities. Constructed in around 15 B.C., the Temple's external walls have retained no original color. 
When:Friday and Saturday evenings (January 29, 30, February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19) 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where:The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

This sounds like such a cool event, I wanted to make you aware of it should you be in the city during the dates it will be open. The Temple of Dendur at the Met is such an amazing room, my photo of it below from one of the fashion exhibit press events. I think this would be a really neat event to see in person, and I am going to try to make one of my overnights in the city during the running of this lighting display!

*Hours: As of July 1, 2013, the Main Building and The Cloisters are open 7 days a week.
Main Building

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Cloisters museum and gardens

March-October10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
November-February10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Both locations will be closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25, and the main building will also be closed the first Monday in May.

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