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Do or Die: Centennial at the Carlos

In honor of its 100-year anniversary, the Michael C. Carlos Museum will offer 100 free admission days. Two new provocative exhibits will run through the spring.

By Sarah Kelley 16Ox 18C
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In honor of its 100-year anniversary, the Michael C. Carlos Museum will offer 100 free admission days in 2019. Although the museum started on the original campus in Oxford, Georgia, the anniversary celebrates 100 years since Bishop Warren A. Candler, Chancellor of the University, formally founded the Emory University Museum on the Atlanta campus in 1919. The Carlos Museum offers these 100 free days of admission to thank the community for its support.

Along with the permanent collection of Egyptian, Greek, African, and Asian works, the free admission days allow public access to upcoming temporary exhibits as well.

Rise by Fahamu Pecou

Fahamu Pecou. "rising" 2016. Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas. Private collection

The centennial exhibition, DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance, showcases works by Dr. Fahamu Pecou 17G 18G, including the debut of four new pieces. DO or DIE explores the intersections between African-based spiritual traditions and the political and societal violence against black male bodies in the United States. While working on this exhibition, Pecou drew inspiration from the Yoruba artwork in Emory’s permanent collection. This exhibition will also be the first time Emory students lead guided tours in the museum. Pecou received his PhD from Emory in 2018 and currently is based in Atlanta. His exhibit will run from January 19 until April 28, 2019.

Another exhibit, Rival Cuts: Process and Technique in Prints by Tom Hück and Albrecht Dürer, will be on display from February 16 until June 9, 2019. This collection of art from Tom Hück highlights his sociopolitical commentary developed through German woodcutting. The collection includes Hück’s works as well as prints by Albrecht Dürer, who inspired Hück and his body of woodcutting work. Hück will be on campus February 16-24 as the Schwartz Center Artist-in-Residence to teach in Emory classes, hold public workshops, give talks, and create a site-specific installation at the Schwartz Center.

“I’m excited about the opportunities for teaching and learning that our spring 2019 exhibitions will offer,” says Allison Hutton, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Carlos Museum. “Students and faculty will be able to meet with and learn from living artists, and students will see how artists today continue to draw inspiration from the past.”

Regardless of whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or a student, the Michael C. Carlos Museum houses remarkable works that reflect the scope of Emory’s academic community. To find out which days will be part of the free admission series, check here.