Art of the Americas exhibit debuts at I.P. Stanback Museum, June 7

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Planetarium will feature Astronomy of the Ancient Maya

ORANGEBURG – SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium will feature a week-long exhibition, planetarium show and lecture that focus on Hispanic culture in the Americas.

"The Three Kings"Art of the Americas is a mixed media art exhibition comprised of art on loan from the collections of Dr. Leonard McIntyre, Dr. Ruben Silvestry, Mark Dabney, Carol Cato, Mary Beth Doucette and Ellen Zisholtz. It includes paintings, photographs, pottery from El Salvador, Mexico and Puerto Rico and Latin American-inspired art by Jane Kozachek. The exhibition will open to the public with a reception at the museum on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

The planetarium will feature Astronomy of the Ancient Maya, a show that focuses on the interconnection between Mayan astronomical observations and Mayan religion, and the role of the heavens in the ancient culture’s mythology and prophecy.

Dr. Arturo Ortiz Veloz of Lenoir-Rhyne College will deliver a lecture, The African Cultural Presence in Caribbean Poetry, at the museum on Monday, June 11, at 2:30 p.m.

The museum exhibition and planetarium show are presented in partnership with SC State’s Department of English and Modern Languages and its two-week Foreign Language Advantage Program (FLAP), a Spanish language summer camp for middle and high school students. Each of the events is free and the community is invited to attend. For additional information, contact the museum at (803) 536-7174.

Regular hours for the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. To arrange special hours for school and other groups, contact the museum at (803) 536-7174.