At the Legion of Honor – Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine Opens October 31st, 2009

A spooky show, Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine is coming to the FAMSF Legion of Honor Museum this Saturday, October 31st, 2009. I’ll tell you all about it after I see it.

But hey, what are you doing Friday night? You can win tickets to the ArtPoint Ghoulish Gala on October 30th from The Richmond District Blog – but only if you enter the contest by midnight tonight!

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So, the show opens Saturday, with a costumed sneak peek party the night before.

Here’s the show:

Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine explores the modern scientific examination of mummies providing new insights into the conditions under which the Egyptians lived, bringing us closer to understanding who they were. The exhibition is a homecoming celebration marking the return of Irethorrou, the Fine Arts Museums’ mummy who has been on loan since 1944. CT-scans done by scientists at Stanford Medical School shed light on Irethorrou’s physical attributes and cause of death. The scans provide depth and scientific background to the exhibition and contribute to a three-dimensional “fly through” of the mummy and a forensic reconstruction of his head. The exhibition also includes a variety of ancient artifacts that date from approximately 664–525 B.C., the Late Period from the 26th Saite Dynasty.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with the cooperation of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium and the radiology department of the Stanford Medical School. Additional project assistance has been provided by the Stanford Division of Anatomy, eHuman Inc., and Fovia Inc.

Generous support is provided by the William E. Winn, Jr., Living Trust and the Dorothy Tyler Living Trust.

Thank you to Intel Corporation for their generous in-kind donation.

All right, that’s the show. Learn the deets of the Ghoulish Gala after the jump.

See you there!

Creatures of the night, join ArtPoint for an evening of mayhem and mischief, as the Ghoulish Gala is unveiled. This year’s most-buzzed-about Halloween spooktacularwill be held at the opulent Legion of Honor with1,500 beautiful mortal maids and beings from the night. Dance among the undead with two rooms of fiendish music provided by Pop Rocks and DJ Shissla. Hosted open bars stocked withcomplimentary top-shelf potions, elixirs, and witches’ brew await, along with a feast of devilishly delicious hors d’oeuvres.

The exhibition Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicineexplores the modern scientific examination of mummies. Among the artifacts on view will be a very-well-preserved, 2,500-year-old ancient Egyptian mummy, known as Irethorrou. CT scans done by scientists at Stanford Medical School shed light on Irethorrou’s physical attributes and the cause of his death. The scans provide depth and scientific background to the exhibition and contribute to a three-dimensional “fly-through” of the mummy as well as a forensic reconstruction of his head. The exhibition also includes a variety of ancient artifacts that date from 1450 B.C. to A.D. 150. 

Creatures of the night, join ArtPoint for an evening of mayhem and mischief, as the Ghoulish Gala is unveiled. This year’s most-buzzed-about Halloween spooktacularwill be held at the opulent Legion of Honor with1,500 beautiful mortal maids and beings from the night. Dance among the undead with two rooms of fiendish music provided by Pop Rocks and DJ Shissla. Hosted open bars stocked withcomplimentary top-shelf potions, elixirs, and witches’ brew await, along with a feast of devilishly delicious hors d’oeuvres.

The exhibition Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicineexplores the modern scientific examination of mummies. Among the artifacts on view will be a very-well-preserved, 2,500-year-old ancient Egyptian mummy, known as Irethorrou. CT scans done by scientists at Stanford Medical School shed light on Irethorrou’s physical attributes and the cause of his death. The scans provide depth and scientific background to the exhibition and contribute to a three-dimensional “fly-through” of the mummy as well as a forensic reconstruction of his head. The exhibition also includes a variety of ancient artifacts that date from 1450 B.C. to A.D. 150.

 

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