"We are sharing with our community over 150 objects that range from the sands of ancient Egypt to the stage sets of Hollywood." Ancient Egyptian artifacts and treasures are some of the most sought after pieces in art. And the fascination transcends generations. Anna D'Ambrosio Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Art, says, "There's something about ancient Egypt that just captures our imagination, whether it's the beautiful objects, the mystery, the search for beautiful objects or the opening of a tomb or maybe it's the promise of eternal life."
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute says it has assembled its exhibit from various collections across the country. D'Ambrosio says, "We've been very fortunate to be able to bring this exhibition together. We are the only venue we pulled this exhibition together ourselves here at the Museum of Art. And we are drawing from 33 museums and private collections so this is a group of material that has never been brought together before."
The works the museum of art is bringing together goes beyond just ancient artifacts it explores the influence Egypt had on modern artists. "It's a piece of history. We're looking at how ancient Egypt influenced our lives. I mean not just in beautiful art and decorative art but also that impact that it has on our everyday lives. Whether it's advertisements or movies ancient Egypt continues to influence us."