Allen Public Library Presents: Egyptologist Dr. Karl Klinski

Egyptologist Dr. Karl Kilinski discusses the Dallas Museum of Art Exhibit Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharaohs. One of the last kings of Egypt's 18th Dynasty, Tutankhamun ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history. Under mysterious circumstances, the boy king died at age 18 or 19, during the ninth year of his reign (1323 B.C.). Dr. Kilinski, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern Methodist University, is an acclaimed specialist in classical myth and art, Egyptian art, classical myth in western art; Greek vase painting; iconographical and iconological studies; and museum exhibitions. Using a 40-slide presentation, Dr. Kilinski provides a survey of the exhibit and discusses the art and culture of King Tut's milieu and how this period affected 21st century civilization. Professor Kilinski explains, "My lecture intends to illuminate the power and sophistication of an ancient culture as well as its artistic imagination and creativity that humbles even the modern world." After its exhibit in London, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will be featured at the Dallas Museum of Art, Oct. 3, 2008 through May 17, 2009. John Lane, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art states, "We are honored to be the first institution to host the encore tour of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs." Professor Kilinski has been a senior research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a visiting research fellow at the Warburg Institute in London; and has taught as a visiting professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and at the DIS University of Copenhagen. In addition, he has published many articles and five monographs, including, Classical Myth in Western Art: Ancient through Modern (Meadows Museum), and Gods, Men, and Heroes (with Anne Bromberg, The University of Washington Press). He has also received three university awards for teaching. His current research is The Presence of the Past: Greek Myth in Western Art. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen Public Library Bach to Books.

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