History of Art and Architecture

Symposium: Reinterpreting "Lion Attacking a Dromedary"

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Please join us for a symposium that commemorates the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s reinterpretation and reinstallation of the popular diorama long known as “Arab Courier Attacked by Lions” and now named “Lion Attacking a Dromedary” during the 150-year anniversary of the original display at the 1867 Paris Universal Exposition.

Scholars and staff from the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and the University of Pittsburgh come together for a series of talks to discuss the historical and intellectual contexts of the 1867 diorama in the morning and museum process for the reinterpretation and reinstallation in the afternoon. The symposium culminates with a community discussion and response led by the Outreach Coordinator for the Muslim Association of Greater Pittsburgh.

The event is free to the public and attendees will receive free museum admission for the day to take part in the public opening of the diorama at 12pm.

The symposium is part of series called Community Conversations: Neutralizing Historic and Contemporary Stereotypes co-sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History of Art and Architecture with funding from University of Pittsburgh’s Year of Diversity and support from Global Studies and the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies.

Please note registration is required: http://carnegiemnh.org/exhibitions/event.aspx?id=28774