Syria Widowed: Remembering Palmyra
Syria Widowed: Remembering Palmyra commemorates recently destroyed monuments at Palmyra, Syria, only one of a growing number of ancient sites devastated by ISIL. The exhibit, on view through December 10 in the rear atrium of Cohen Memorial Hall, was organized by Betsey Robinson, associate professor of the history of art, and E.B. Armstrong, a junior in the College of Arts and Science. The exhibit juxtaposes 18th-century engravings of temples, tombs, and cityscapes with photographs taken by Robinson in 1995. Relying on the power of images, the organizers respond to ISIL not with scenes of violence and destruction but with memories of more peaceful times. Co-sponsors are the Departments of History of Art, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, and Classical Studies, as well as the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Divinity School, Fine Arts Gallery, and syriaca.org.