Modern Jobs - Ancient Origins Exhibition



I always enjoy a modern take on ancient exhibitions and The Oriental Institute Museum has integrated a very modern twist into their new exhibition called "Our Work: Modern jobs - Ancient Origins". 

The exhibition, which runs from August 20, 2013 - February 23, 2014,  allows viewers to contemplate the role of work and demonstrates how much the ancient Middle East influenced modern-day culture.

"The show, composed of 24 portraits by Chicago photographer Jason Reblando, pairs each subject with an artifact that documents the origins of that person’s profession. For example, a Chicago police officer is shown with a 3,000-year-old statue of an Egyptian policeman, a real estate broker with an ancient record of land sales, a baker with a bread pan from 2500 B.C., and a ship builder with an image of an Egyptian ship from 3500 B.C. Other professions represented in the show include brewer, ship builder, banker, mathematician, clock maker, manicurist, poet, harpist and fashion designer.

The often unknown, or unacknowledged antiquity of so many modern professions, and their origins in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia, not only serve as a reminder of the connection between past and present, but also underscore the dignity of work, said Oriental Institute Director Gil Stein." - Newswise

There is also an artists’ talk with Reblando and Cunningham on 5th October from 2 to 3 p.m. and curator-led tours of the exhibit are offered on 7 November 7 and 6 February 2014, both at 12:15 p.m. 

For more info about the exhibition, click on Newswise and The Oriental Institute

There is also a catalogue to the exhibition, and details can be viewed here

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