A World of Emotions Exhibition Travels from New York to Athens
The exhibition, A World of Emotions: Greece, 700 BC-200 AD, co-curated by Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics in the School of Historical Studies; Nikolaos Kaltsas, Director Emeritus at the National Archeological Museum in Athens; and Ioannis Mylonopoulos, former Member (2011–12) in the School of Historical Studies and Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Art and Archeology at Columbia University, will move from the Onassis Cultural Center in New York to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece.
The exhibition, which was open at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York from March 9 through June 24, brings to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompts questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society. Developed over the course of more than four years, the exhibition features more than 130 pieces including, vase paintings, sculptures (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts from the early 7th century BC (the traditional date of the Iliad) to the late 2nd century AD (the beginning of the end of pagan antiquity). Together, these objects provide a timely opportunity to think about the role of feelings in our own personal, social, and political lives, while helping to advance the relatively new field of the history of emotions.