The Museum’s ability to stage spectacular exhibitions will be evident with To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum. This international exhibition will attract crowds of all ages with 120 remarkable Egyptian artifacts— mummies, sarcophagi, jewelry, and figurines—on display and layered with celebratory and educational programming that will make Summer 2011 a memorable one. To Live Forever is drawn entirely from the Brooklyn Museum’s astonishing Egyptian collection and ranges in date from 3650 BCE to 365 CE.
Long-time Museum partner Great Basin Brewing Company will brew a limited-edition lager to serve at Museum’s First Thursday event beginning in April. “Dr. Church’s Living Room Lager” is named for the Museum’s founder, a scientist and art collector who invited friends, colleagues, and collectors into his home in the 1930’s to discover and discuss art. With hints of juniper berry as homage to Dr. Church’s explorations of Mount Rose, the lager is brewed in keeping with beer recipes of the Prohibition era. “Dr. Church’s Living Room Lager” will be available on tap at both the Reno and Sparks Great Basin Brewery locations and will be served at Café Musée. A limited edition will be bottled for sale as well.
A 50-foot steel pyramid is scheduled for construction in the parking lot of the Museum in celebration of the line-up of Egyptian-themed 80th anniversary events taking place in June. The pyramid, built by Reno-based architecture firm Cathexes, will be dismantled and shipped to Burning Man in late August for display. It will be the first ever art-work from a Museum to be taken to the annual arts and culture event. Made of Museum members, businesses and stakeholders, a unique 80 for 80 Host Committee has been developed and are generously funding a portion of To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum.
Also providing sponsorship support for the Pyramid Party, this committee is the first of its kind to be formed in support of an exhibition and event.
- MATINEE TALK: Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Friday, June 17 / Noon / Peppermill
World-renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, leads audiences through a riveting voyage of discovery; including, excavations at the Valley of the Kings, uncovering the mysteries of Tutankhamun and Ramesses III, identifying ancient royal mummies using modern technology, revealing the secret tales of the Step Pyramid, the world’s oldest pyramid and the Great Pyramid of Khufu. Dr. Hawass will also share details of how the mummy of the female king, Hatshepsut, was rediscovered and the story of Hawass’ five-year search to uncover the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. A special performance by the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble opens the program.
$15 / $12 MUSEUM MEMBERS
Sponsored by Peppermill Resort Spa Casino with additional support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.
- Pyramid Party / Friday, June 17
Guarded and greeted by Egyptian gods of the underworld, Anubis and Apis, guests will travel back through time to the romanticized era of archeology and exploration. A bountiful feast will be provided, and guests can indulge in the hookah lounge and fortune telling before experiencing a variety of live performances. Tickets now available.
- Egyptian Birthday Bazaar / Saturday, June 18
Inspired by Cairo’s bustling street bazaar, the community is invited to celebrate the Museum’s 80th Anniversary with Museum members, family and friends. The Museum will be transformed into a lively marketplace complete with live music, roving entertainers and authentic Egyptian giftware and jewelry for sale.