Gallery Talk: Signs and Wonders—The Photographs of John Beasley Greene



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  • Free with museum admission

Over the course of an exceptionally brief career, John Beasley Greene (1832–56) produced work in Egypt and Algeria that both helped advance archaeology and define photography in its early decades. To make sense of his landscape photographs within the archaeological and colonial context of mid-19th-century France, join Liz Siegel, Curator of Photography, and Ashley Arico, Elizabeth McIlvaine Assistant Curator of Ancient Art, for this interdisciplinary exhibition tour.

Please note: This tour has limited capacity. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Old black and white photo by John Beasley Greene that shows the stone head from an ancient Egyptian colossus of Ramesses II on the ground at the base of some stone columns in the desert

Untitled (Ramesseum, with the head from a colossus of Ramesses II), 1854–55

John Beasley Greene. Collection of Richard and Ronay Menschel

Please note that the artwork on this page may not be featured during the gallery talk.

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