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Symposium Opens Maya Exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum’s new exhibition, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea, is the first to explore the profound influence of water on ancient Maya civilization and offers an entirely fresh way of viewing their art. Important scholars from around the U.S. will deepen our understanding of the Maya world and discuss the evolution of this groundbreaking project in a day of lectures at the Museum on Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, August 29, at noon.

Starting at 10 a.m., Daniel Finamore, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., will present Navigating the Maya World: Boats, Seafaring, and Sacred Objects from the Sea. Next, Stephen D. Houston, the Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences/Professor of Archaeology at Brown University, Providence, R. I., will lecture on Living Waters and Wondrous Beasts: Ancient Maya Visions of the Sea. Both are co-curators of the exhibition. The morning session concludes at 12:30 p.m.

At 2 p.m., David Freidel, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University, St. Louis, and Michelle Rich, a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Methodist University, will present Royal Send-Off on the River to the Dawning Sea: Treasures from El Peru-Waka’. The lectures will conclude with Scribes and Dwarves and a Toad, Oh My!: Conservation of El Peru Figurine Group, presented by Lynn A. Grant, senior conservator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia.

The lectures are free; no reservations required. Darnell Street auditorium, across Van Cliburn Way from the Museum.

Kimbell Art Museum hours are Tuesdays–Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451. Web site is

*Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea opens August 29.

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