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An Afternoon in Ancient Rome

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Is your toga ready? This family program features stations all over the Museum celebrating the greatness of Rome. Plan a city, decorate your villa, or create a proclamation of your accomplishments as More ...

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An Afternoon in Ancient Rome

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Is your toga ready? This family program features stations all over the Museum celebrating the greatness of Rome. Plan a city, decorate your villa, or create a proclamation of your accomplishments as ruler of the empire!

Registration is required and limited to 75 participants.

Contact Kim Sheahan at to register your child. $5 per child. Every child must be accompanied by an responsible adult.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Age: Grades 5-8 and their adults
Cost: $5 per child, registration required
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary Film and Discussion Series at the Spurlock 2014–2015

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This series of public film screenings and lecture/discussion programs is organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. It is planned in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum and presented in the Knight Auditorium. Guest scholars and members of the campus and local communities will introduce the films and lead post-screening audience discussions.

September 9, October 14, and November 11. All screenings begin at 7:00 PM.

Check back here for individual film information once it is confirmed.
Related Links: AEMS website

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission

Lecture: "'...Being the founder of all good things among humankind': A reinterpretation of the Athenian Calendar Frieze" by Karen Laurence

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Athenian Calendar Frieze is a record of the Athenian festival year, including representations of the cycle of the zodiac. Dating to the late Hellenistic/early Roman period, the inclusion of the zodiac signs correlates with the significant attention to calendrical calculation that was taking place during the late Republic and the Julio-Claudian eras. At this time, artistic and rhetorical constructions of time reckoning were being utilized to organize time as an ideological tool, creating a façade of stability and continuity in the wake of the Civil Wars that had rocked the eastern Mediterranean. The festival representations and chronological markers on the Athenian Calendar Frieze provide a case study of the analysis of the iconography of time reckoning in Athens as it came under Roman influence and control. Furthermore, as Athens and the rest of Greece were subsumed into the Roman Empire, the people of Athens sought to emphasize their cultural relevance, through a revitalization of ancient Athenian cults and an increased interest in the mytho-historic invention of civilization and agriculture that was supposed to have taken place in Athens. The frieze’s emphasis on particular Athenian rites, especially agricultural festivals, and the prominence given to the autumn, which was the time of sowing grains and harvesting grapes, aligns with this phenomenon.

This event is organized by the Central Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and hosted by the Spurlock Museum.

Visit http://www.archaeological.org/societies/centralillinoisurbana (external link) for more information.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Jane Goldberg at

Exhibit: Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Sunday, January 25, 2015

This exhibit celebrates not only the artistry and endurance of the Maya weaving tradition but also the cultural intelligence and creative force of the weavers themselves. More than 90 textiles coming from 32 highland towns are presented, each textile woven in a style that identifies the town of its weaver and the wearer. Exhibit areas address the links between the living and ancient Maya, the weaver and the backstrap loom, textiles for daily wear, the art of the traditional Maya blouse, or huipil, ceremonial cloths and clothing, and evidence of evolution in textile designs.

The Spurlock Museum’s changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Location: Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: During Museum Hours
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Tandy Lacy at (217) 244 - 3900 or

Exhibit Opening Celebration: Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Join us for a full day of activities celebrating the artistry and endurance of Maya weaving traditions in Guatemala. From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, meet Rafaela and Edgar Apen, visiting artists from San Antonio Aguas Calientes who will demonstrate the weaving style of their community in the Central Core Gallery.

From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, enjoy the exhibit and a reception, including a presentation on weaving as an expression of identity given by guest curator Margot Blum Schevill with Rafaela and Edgar Apen at 2:00 pm in the Knight Auditorium.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact the Museum Information Desk at (217) 333 - 2360.