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So obviously, I should ask you guys this (of local interest)

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So obviously, I should ask you guys this (of local interest)

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lyricagent is going to be in San Francisco late September- 24th through the 30th- and would like to take in the King Tut exhibit. I know several of you who live 'round here also want to see this, and some at least had expressed a desire to do so with lyricagent. Given that advance booking is preferable from what I've seen on the De Young's website, I figured we should try to pin down when the hell to do it. So, Gentle Readers, do you have any preferences on what dates we go, to make your joining us easier?

Why LOOKIE THERE, it's a handy-dandy poll!

Poll #1451068 When are we going to the De Young to see King Tut stuff?

When's good for you?

  • Also, I would love to read an in-depth criticism of the exhibit from your PoV. So would lyricagent. ;)
    • We went last December, so I'm hoping I remember everything! We had VIP passes through Emory, which let you arrive without a reservation and skip to the head of the line. If you don't like crowds, going the VIP route is recommended. There may be a local museum that will give them to you if you join that museum for a certain level. For Emory, it was only $150 for a dual membership, and we got all the VIP junk for free.

      Possibly the most deceptive thing about this exhibition is that it's billed as Tutankhamun's treasures, but most of the artifacts on display are New Kingdom/18th Dynasty but not necessarily associated with Tutankhamun directly. I think if they'd been more clear about that, it would've been a better show. Also, most of the tags/writeups for each piece lack provenance, which drove me crazy. It's a bit like saying something is "American," but you don't know if it was made in California, or Michigan, or New York, etc. Also, this exhibit is more about Egyptian art history than it is an archaeological history or survey.

      The exhibit does do a good job of having representative pieces that reflect the style of the 18th Dynasty though, but most people are going to flock to the sections that have the OMFG!!!11!1111 GOLD!!!11!! Avoid the gold, at least in my opinion, because that has the highest likelihood of being a fraud, and well, it's boring.

      If you want a good book on Egyptian art before you go, and not especially expensive, I would recommend either Cyril Aldred's Egyptian Art or Gay Robin's The Art of Ancient Egypt. Gay's book (I had her for Egyptology in grad school, LMAO) does have a lot of good plans, diagrams, and pictures, and is a good coffee table book as well.

      As I think of more stuff I'll let you know! We are supposed to go to Egypt next year as a family vacation, and seeing as I haven't been to Egypt in 21 years and grad school was over 10 years ago, I am having to reread a bunch of stuff!
      • OMG, exactly - too tired to remember the word for "provenance", so didn't say so in last coment, but did feel as if half of tghe xhibits might have come from ancient Australia for all we were told anything sensible about it. Made me want to slap a giant "Needs citation" on the entire exhibit.

        I went home and read "Motel of the Mysteries" afterward; that book was far better sourced, and it's a parody! (By David Macaulay, of the Pyramid architectural books etc.) if you haven't seen it, I most highly recommend; it's fun even for kids, but folks with Egyptology knowledge may hurt themselves laughing at it. (Best Howard Carter sendup I've ever seen.)
        • Exactly! It was a lot like a museum exhibition promoted by a concert company. I was kind of waiting for Bret Michael's Pyramid of Love to appear or something, LMAO!

          That book is a classic and well-loved in archaeology! And so true to boot!
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