RAFFMA's exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts will make its long awaited return in a new exhibition: "Journey to the Beyond: Ancient Egyptians in the Pursuit of Eternity".
Ancient Egyptians built the longest lasting civilization, still admired today for its endurance, mystery and the sheen of its gold. For millennia, people have been fascinated by ancient Egypt, particularly by its people’s relationship to death.
Often seen as obsessed with death, ancient Egyptians loved life and believed in getting it back in the Beyond (afterlife). Their pursuit of the eternal existence and provisioning for the journey to the Beyond is the story of this exhibition, which presents, in a new context, objects from RAFFMA’s permanent collection and on loan from the Harer Family Trust.
Also opening is "Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, & Nudes: The Artwork of Edward Hagedorn", an exhibition that reveals the hand of a master draftsman and the mind of an astute political observer who rejected the general trend in early 20th century California of local landscapes and coastal views, becoming virtually the single voice of Expressionism on the West Coast. The artist worked on paper in a dizzying number of media, including ink, charcoal, watercolor, pastel, etchings, linoleum cuts, lithographs, oil monotypes and more.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the artist's own statement for a 1944 gallery exhibition: "Hagedorn hates newspapers, magazines, radios, and movies. His favorite subjects are: volcanoes, riots, wrecks, nudes, and mythology."
Journey to the Beyond: Ancient Egyptians in the Pursuit of Eternity
Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, & Nudes: The Art of Edward Hagedorn
On display: Oct. 8
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 7, 7-9pm
Members-Only Preview: Oct. 7, 6-7pm