MOA Continues to Celebrate Golden Anniversary

The Museum will continue to celebrate its 50th anniversary through this fall.  The actual anniversary date of the Museum’s opening is Monday, September 23, which was the first day of classes in 1963.  All visitors to the MOA during the week of September 23 will receive a small gift as a token of appreciation for 50 years of support.

On Saturday, October 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Museum will host its Golden Anniversary Gala.  Patrons will enjoy a culinary tour of the world featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres relating to each of the Museum’s exhibits, wine and beer.  Appropriate attire is casual yet classy.  As the Gala is being held in conjunction with Wake Forest’s Homecoming weekend, we welcome alumni to come straight from the game.  Tickets are $30 each ($20 for MOA Friends).  To purchase tickets, please contact Sara Cromwell, PR, Marketing & Membership Coordinator, at 336-758-5282 or   Homecoming attendees can RSVP and pay for tickets with their Homecoming registration.

MOA Features New Day of the Dead Exhibit

2011DoD20awebxThe MOA will showcase a new version of its annual Day of the Dead exhibit, entitled Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, from September 10 through December 13, 2013.  The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico over several days coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (November 1 and 2).  The holiday has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices, and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions.  The celebration is considered to be a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional Mexican ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members.  The exhibit includes new information this year about the celebration’s history and its skeleton-themed folk art. A children’s ofrenda and a digital photo essay illustrating the celebration in San Miguel Allende will also be on display.  The exhibit features text in English and Spanish.

Traveling Exhibits Now Available from the MOA

The Museum of Anthropology is proud to announce that it has organized two new traveling exhibits which are now available for rental.

Weaving along the Silk Road: Amazing Asian Saddle Rugs features 18 colorful saddle rugs and 2 saddles from Afghanistan, Persia, Turkey, China, and Tibet.  Weaving along the Silk Road explores complex relationships between humans, animals, and weaving through functional, yet beautiful, textiles.  Please see the document below for additional details.

Weaving Along the Silk Road Details

Chinese Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns: Reflections of Tang Dynasty Openness and Tolerance features more than 100 rare ceramic vessels and figures from the Changsha kilns, as well as examples of more ancient and more recent pieces. Chinese Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns explores the rapid development and intercontinental impact of an innovative group of pottery producers during the Tang Dynasty.  Please see the document below for additional details.

Chinese Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns Details

To place a reservation for either exhibit or to learn more contact Museum Director Stephen Whittington.

Museum of Anthropology Joins Blue Star Museums

BSM-no-tag webThe MOA is pleased to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and a record-breaking 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after completing a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at  The site also includes a map to help with visit planning.

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“Descendants of the Maya” Exhibit Opens

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Morton W. Huber, “Weaving on an antique loom,” 1965.

The Museum of Anthropology’s new featured exhibit, Descendants of the Maya: Photography by Dr. Morton W. Huber, will open on Tuesday, June 4 and remain on display through August 30, 2013.

The exhibit focuses on 27 black-and-white photographs that depict Maya people, traditional craft activities, archaeological sites and colonial constructions in Guatemala during the 1960s. The artist also contributed textiles and other items he collected at the time to the exhibit.

Huber, a biochemist by training, is also an accomplished artist and photographer. His art and photography have been featured in three books and galleries in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Japan. He maintains an active studio in his High Point home.

MOA to Participate in Forsyth Photo Adventure

The Museum of Anthropology will be one of 13 attractions participating in the second annual Forsyth Photo Adventure contest.  Local residents have the chance to win a $250 VISA gift card just by visiting local attractions and snapping a few photos between May 11 and July 4. Visitors who post their photos to the attractions’ Facebook pages will be entered to win prize packs to be given away by each participating attraction and the grand prize of the VISA gift card, good for use for any purpose where VISA is accepted.  “There are a lot of great places right here within a short drive of everyone in our area.  These are family places where you can learn, play, and just get out and enjoy what Forsyth County has to offer,” says MOA staff member Sara Cromwell, who is also president of the Association of Visitor Attractions of Forsyth County (AVA), sponsor of the event.

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