[Bonwicke] museum dates

HE Chiang chiang at clearwire.net
Tue May 19 13:44:57 PDT 2009


Thanks
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gianetta Malatesta 
  To: Barony of Bonwicke - SCA, Inc. 
  Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:53 PM
  Subject: Re: [Bonwicke] museum dates


  MAY

  May 17 - October 25
  A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact from the Higgins Armory Collection 
  Galleries 2, 3 and 6
  This exhibition introduces modern audiences to an object that is already universally familiar as an icon, yet largely unknown as a physical artifact. The exhibition showcases approximately 100 swords and sword elements and is drawn from the rich collections of the Higgins Armory Museum, the only museum in the northeastern United States dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of arms and armor. The story of the sword around the globe is one of diversity reflecting local cultural tradition. The show emphasizes the dualities and complexities inherent in the artifact: in these deadly works of art, elegance grapples with brutality, esthetics with functionality, and reality with myth. 






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  From: HE Chiang <chiang at clearwire..net>
  To: "Barony of Bonwicke - SCA, Inc." <bonwicke at lists.ansteorra.org>
  Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:43:51 PM
  Subject: Re: [Bonwicke] Double-edged weapons museum display


  When does it start? Wonder if there would be any good opportunities for demos?
  Chiang, an inquiring mind
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Jesus Cavazos 
    To: Bonwicke 
    Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:44 AM
    Subject: [Bonwicke] Double-edged weapons museum display



     
          Double-Edged Weapons Slice Through the Ages 
                The Museum of Texas Tech University presents A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact from the Higgins Armory Museum in the Galleries 2, 3, 4 and 6, located at 3301 4th Street (SE corner of 4th and Indiana Avenue), where ample free parking is available in the north and west parking lots; please use the 4th Street entry.

                This extensive exhibition introduces modern audiences to an object that is already universally familiar as an icon, yet largely unknown as a physical artifact, featuring approximately 100 swords and sword elements drawn from the rich collections of Higgins Armory Museum, in Worcester, MA. 

                The story of the sword around the globe is one of diversity reflecting local cultural tradition. Some swords were functional as battle weapons, but in other contexts, swords were also employed as symbols of authority, status, religion, politics, social identity, and the like. Increasing technological sophistication and visual impact of edged weapons went hand-in-hand with a trend to mythologization, as with Viking Age warriors who began to name their swords, and the weapons themselves became legendary figures in their own right, like Roland’s “Durendal,” Charlemagne’s “Joyeuse,” and Arthur’s “Excalibur.”  The exhibition emphasizes the dualities and complexities inherent in the artifact: in these deadly works of art, elegance grapples with brutality, esthetics with functionality, and reality with myth.

                The showing at the Museum of TTU is part of a national tour over two and a half years period developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, MO.
               


           
         




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