250,000 DC/Houston/NYC Visitors
Heading to the West Coast
Dr John Curtis (British Museum) at the opening of the exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
The display of the exhibition “Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia” in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is now concluded, and the exhibition is traveling to the west coast. This touring exhibition, which is organized by the British Museum in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF America), has been on display since March of this year and has been viewed by a whopping 250,000 visitors in three major cities so far. For photos of the exhibition and events in each city, please click on the images below. The British Museum and the Iran Heritage Foundation received acknowledgement letters from president George Bush Sr. for the Houston display and Mayor Bloomberg for the New York display.
Here is a recap of some of the key articles and content about the the tour, and the significance of the Cyrus Cylinder itself:
Lecture by Dr. John Curtis, Keeper of the Special Middle East Projects and the curator of the exhibition, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (video, one hour)
The exhibition will now be on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (Aug 9 – Sep 22, see below for details), followed by the Paul J. Getty Museum, the Getty Villa, in Los Angeles (Oct 2 – Dec 2).
Photos from the New York display of the exhibition, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Photos from the Houston display of the exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts:
Photos from the DC display of the exhibition, Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery:
The Special issue of the FEZANA Journal, which was published in celebration of the Cyrus Cylinder Tour of the U.S., includes a series of articles from foundations, scholars, journalists, etc focused on Cyrus and the Cyrus Cylinder. The issue is an invaluable resource to anybody who is interested in the subject:
Next Stop: San Francisco
The exhibition will be on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco starting August 9th. The San Francisco display of the exhibition is generously sponsored by Tina and Hamid Moghadam, and Bita Daryabari and Dr. Reza Malek in collaboration with the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.
The exhibition will be open to the public during the museum’s regular hours (details). Access to the exhibition is included in the price of the general admission ticket.
On August 10th (7:00pm) the San Francisco Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Loris Tjeknavorian’s “Cyrus the Great Symphonic Suite” at the Nob Hill Masonic Center (tickets). This is the world premiere of the suite which will be conducted by the composer himself and ispresented by PAAIA.
The museum has an array of events, including member-only exhibition tours, during the six-week display of The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning. For a list of museum events around the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition, please click here.
For more information about the US tour of the Cyrus Cylinder and/or IHF America, please see the following resources: