Join the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority in New York for a private guided tour of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World’s upcoming exhibit, A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate.
We will be joined by Pnina Shor, the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority's (IAA) Dead Sea Scrolls Unit, for a presentation on The Dead Sea Scrolls: From the Caves to the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library. Widely considered the most important archaeological find of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls collection is an “Ancient Library“ including the oldest known copies of Biblical texts, which lets us glimpse into a period that was pivotal to both Judaism and Christianity. High-resolution multi-spectral images of the collection, taken by the IAA and recorded in the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Library, have led to a revolution in Dead Sea Scrolls research resulting in new readings, reconstructions and discoveries.
This event includes complimentary admission to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and a light lunch served prior to the lecture. Please RSVP to reserve your place.
While this event is made complimentary by the Friends of the IAA, tax-deductible contributions can be made here.
Dr. Pnina Shor
Pnina Shor has been the head of the IAA's Dead Sea Scrolls Unit since its inception in 2010. She oversees the curatorship, conservation, preservation, exhibition and digitization of the IAA's more than 25,000 scroll fragments. Pnina began her career at the IAA as a field archaeologist, and later became the head of the IAA's Department for the Treatment and Conservation of Artifacts prior to her current position.
A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate
Featuring close to 150 brightly-colored large and small scale artworks from across the ancient Near East, together with raw materials in a variety of stages of workmanship, the exhibition considers the creation of sacred spaces and objects. The tour will be led by Clare Fitzgerald, ISAW’s Associate Director for Exhibitions and Gallery Curator.
With a PhD in Art History from Emory University (Atlanta), Claire Fitgerald is a Senior Manager of Educational Programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Her academic background is in Egyptology, and she has worked as a Fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was also a Guest Curator at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute (Utica, NY), and the Newark Museum.
Header Image: 11Q Psalms scroll, Photo: Shai Halevi, Courtesy of The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library