RAFFMA hosts Egyptian exhibit

Zhiying Xu

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By Zhiying Xu |Staff Writer|

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) opened a new exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts on Oct. 8.

The exhibit,  “Journey to the Beyond: Ancient Egyptians in the Pursuit of Eternity,” brought together residents across the city of San Bernardino.

“The Egyptian Exhibition currently on display has been under renovation for the past two years, and it is RAFFMA’s 20 birthday this year,” said Ashley Lothyan, the education and visitor engagement coordinator at RAFFMA.

The exhibit tells a story about the life Egyptians lived, and also tells their life after death.The life-loving ancient Egyptians believed that even in death they would live again. To them, death was the necessary first step in the journey to the beyond.

The Egyptians feared and anticipated this journey. Knowing that it would be filled with dangers, obstacles and challenges, they spent a lot of time and effort to prepare for it.

For most of ancient Egyptian history, the ability to reach the beyond was available to everyone, but not everyone was able to reach it.

“The objects on display are those from RAFFMA’s permanent collection or on loan from Dr. Benson Harer, it is the largest Egyptian collection in Southern California with nearly 500 objects,” said Lothyan.

Zhiying Xu

Zhiying Xu

This exhibition is good for all students because they can visit anytime they want to learn about ancient Egyptian artifacts and the culture in general.

“It is a very nice exhibition in terms of the standard exhibition with high quality,” said Lothyan.

Lothyan thinks the most important factor is for students to attend. “Students don’t have to drive far for the exhibition.”

“It is an amazing exhibition and it is very convenient,” said Jingtian Hua, an accounting major.

Hua suggests students should go to this exhibition because “It is free and it can show students many collections of the ancient Egyptian.”

Students can “trace the steps” to know the whole story and “the collections also can be uncovered through the process of remembering and sharing stories about the past,” said Hua.

“This is my first time seeing these collections closely,” said art major Hyundeuk Cho.”It’s good for all art major students because we can be inspired after watching these collections.”

According to a news release on the school website, RFFMA is also holding one more exhibition called “Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, & Nudes: The Artwork of Edward Hagedorn.”

Hagedorn was influenced by many different styles including, German Expressionism, European Modernism, and Surrealism which is evident in the exhibition.

The exhibit will be available for viewing through July 2017.

To see the “Journey to the Beyond: Ancient Egyptians in the Pursuit of Eternity Exhibit,” visit the RFFMA located in the Art building, on the first floor.

General admission to the museum is free, but there is a suggested donation of $3.

The museum is open Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and is closed Friday and Sunday, during this quarter.

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