A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece: 700 BC-200 AD

 Ancient greece holds endless fascination and resonant lessons for us all.

From March 9 through June 24, 2017, the Onassis Cultural Center New York presents A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD, a groundbreaking exploration of emotional life in ancient times and its contemporary reverberations. Prompting questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society, the exhibition brings together more than 130 masterpieces from internationally renowned museums—including the Acropolis Museum; National Archaeological Museum, Athens; Louvre; British Museum; and Vatican Museums—many of which will be on view in the United States for the first time, and some of which will be seen for the first time outside Greece. Together, these objects provide a timely opportunity to think about the role of feelings in our personal, social, and political lives, while helping to advance the relatively new field of the history of emotions.

 

A World of Emotions is the centerpiece of a dynamic spring season at the Onassis Cultural Center New York that includes newly commissioned artwork by multimedia artist Jannis Varelas—who will be present at the event to discuss his work—as well as public programming featuring actress and director Fiona Shaw, philosopher Simon Critchley, and author John Freeman, among others. The exhibition will be on view exclusively at the Center and open to the public free of charge. (To learn more about the exhibit and programs, check out www.onassisusa.org).

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