Persian Art & Architecture: University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute – April 14
Barrington’s White House welcomes Kiersten Neumann, PhD. of the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute at 100: “From Persepolis to Chicago: Persian Art and Architecture” on Sunday, April 14, 3:00-4:30pm. General Admission tickets are $20. Tickets Available Here!
Kiersten Neumann, PhD, Curator, Research Associate and Communications Associate from the rule of Cyrus the Great to the fall of the Achaemenid Persian Empire (550–330 BCE), the kings constructed a visual landscape that through its art and architecture broadcast an idealized message of harmonious order, power, and unity. The dynastic center of Persepolis stands as a pinnacle of this visual legacy, founded by Darius the great around 520 BCE and sacked by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE.
While known throughout history, the ruins of Persepolis were not excavated until the Oriental Institute sponsored an archaeological expedition to the site in present-date Iran, which lasted from 1931 to 1939. As a result of this project, the Oriental Institute now houses a collection of artifacts and archival photographs that stands as one of the best resources on Achaemenid art and architecture in the world.
Join Kiersten to learn about the Oriental Institute’s exploration of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dr. Kiersten Neumann is an historian of Near Eastern art and archaeology. Her research is grounded in theoretical approaches to ancient art, with a focus on sensory experience and visual culture of the first millennium. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores how embodied sensory experience acted as a primary contributor to processes of ritualization in the Neo-Assyrian Empire.
3rd Thursday – Art Night Out with Jane Christino – April 18
Barrington’s White House welcomes 3rd Thursday artist Jane Christono on April 18, 6:00-8:00pm. “Paying attention is an endless occupation,” says the watercolor artist Jane Christino. “We all look at the world around us, but what do we fully see? Consciously regarding nature, everyday objects, interiors, or landscapes allows them to reveal their subtle nuances, their histories and personalities, and their emotions. Taking time to look gives us the opportunity to see and to appreciate those qualities.” Please Register Here!
“I grew up in Chicago, and my preoccupation with art spans from my childhood. I studied art all four years of high school, but I chose to study English in college. I taught high school English for more than thirty years, while habitually viewing art wherever and whenever I could. As an adult, I took up watercolor painting, and the discipline of the medium has helped me genuinely to look and see. I have enjoyed the opportunities that Citizens for Conservation has given me to share some of my work.”
“Paying attention is an endless occupation. We all look at the world around us, but what do we fully see? Consciously regarding nature, everyday objects, interiors, or landscapes allows them to reveal their subtle qualities and nuances; they have histories and personalities, and they share emotions. Taking time to look gives us the opportunity to see and to appreciate those qualities.”
We would like to give a special thank you to Wild Asparagus Catering for donating the hors d’oeuvres for this event.
Barrington’s White House is a unique, historic venue located in the heart of downtown Barrington at 145 West Main Street. This meticulously restored 1898 mansion hosts cultural and community events, and is also available for rental for weddings, corporate meetings, non-profit fundraisers and family celebrations. Visit the web site or call 224-512-4292 for your private tour.