Public Opening of His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong
His Golden Touch opened Saturday, September 26th with a ribbon cutting by Museum Administration, co-curator Ann Blair Brownlee, the Turkish Consulate General of NY’s Cultural Attache Ms. Nihan Bekar, and the President of the Turkish American Friendship Society of the US (TAFSUS) Mr. Ibrahim Onaral.

His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong, a new exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 26 September 2009 through 10 January 2010, pays tribute to the famous illustrator’s visit and his summer’s work, carried out during a most auspicious season at Gordion, Turkey, where the Penn Museum has been excavating since 1950. More than 35 original watercolors, chiefly from the “Painted House” project, and several drawings of renowned artifacts from the “Midas Mound,” form the core of His Golden Touch, which also features artist’s tools that belonged to de Jong, a small selection of objects from the Museum’s excavations at Gordion, reproductions of several artifacts from tombs at the site, and excerpts from two rare color films made at the site in the 1950s.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. We are located at 3260 South Street (across from Franklin Field), Philadelphia, PA 19104. For general information call (215) 898-4000.
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