Symposium: Lion Attacking a Dromedary

28 Jan 2017


The symposium commemorates Carnegie Museum of Natural History's reinterpretation and reinstallation of the popular diorama long known as "Arab Courier Attacked by Lions" and now named "Lion Attacking a Dromedary" during the 150-year anniversary of its original display at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle.

Scholars and staff from Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and the University of Pittsburgh will come together for a series of talks to discuss the historical and intellectual contexts of the 1867 diorama in the morning and the museum process for the reinterpretation and reinstallation in the afternoon. The symposium culminates with a community discussion and response led by the outreach coordinator for the Muslim Association of Greater Pittsburgh.

The event is free to the public, and attendees will receive free museum admission for the day to take part in the public opening of the diorama at 12 p.m.

The symposium is part of a series called "Community Conversations: Neutralizing Historic and Contemporary Stereotypes," which is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Department of History of Art and Architecture with funding from the University of Pittsburgh's Year of Diversity.

Members and visitors must register.

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:30am
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, University of Pittsburgh's Department of History of Art and Architecture
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater