A special exhibit called GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies will be on view at the Albany Institute of History and Art through June 8, 2014. The pair of mummies have resided at the Institute since 1909, when museum trustee Samuel Brown purchased them from the Cairo Museum. As part of the nine-month exhibition, the library is hosting the documentary film The Albany Mummies: Unraveling An Ancient Mystery. The 30-minute documentary will be introduced by Erika Sanger, Director of Education, Albany Institute and followed by a question and answer session. The film documents the journey of the two mummies from the Institute to Albany Medical Center for X-rays and CT scans. These analyses helped to determine the mummies’ sex, approximate ages, and offered various insights into the mummification process. Based on the last scan, it was determined that the partially unwrapped mummy is Ankhefenmut, a priest in the temple of Mut at Karnak in Thebes during Dynasty XXI (c.1085-945 BC) There’s more to learn about the mummies’ lives. Come and find out!
Erika Sanger is Director of Education at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Her 25 years of experience working in the arts includes Curator of Education at the Asheville Art Museum and Director of Development at Penland School of Crafts in NC. and positions of increasing responsibility in the education departments of the International Center of Photography, The Jewish Museum, The New-York Historical Society, and The Brooklyn Museum.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.