Media advisory: Tickets available for ‘Sunken Cities’ presentations at the Saint Louis Art Museum

By | July 25, 2018

ST. LOUIS, July 25, 2018—Visitors to the Saint Louis Art Museum’s blockbuster exhibition “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” can dive deeper at upcoming presentations in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium.

Showcasing antiquities from one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology, the North American premiere of “Sunken Cities” is the most significant exhibition of ancient Egyptian art undertaken in St. Louis in more than 50 years.

(For more information—including exhibition images, underwater video footage, background on the excavation, and an exhibition checklist—visit the online press kit.)

Sunken Cities Behind-the-Scenes

From transporting colossal sculptures to expanding the footprint of the main exhibition galleries, “Sunken Cities” is the most logistically complicated exhibition undertaken by the Saint Louis Art Museum in recent memory. Visitors can learn more about the planning and coordination at “Sunken Cities Behind-the-Scenes,” a presentation at 7 pm on Friday, Aug. 24 and 2 pm on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Lisa Çakmak, the museum’s associate curator of ancient art, and Jeanette Fausz, the assistant director for collections and exhibitions, will share stories about how the museum brought more than 200 precious and colossal artifacts from Europe to St. Louis, some of which are more than 16 feet tall and weigh more than 12,000 pounds.

Tickets for “Sunken Cities Behind-the-Scenes” are $5 and free for museum members. Tickets can be obtained in advance at the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee.

Exploring Religious Beliefs of the Afterlife

St. Louis faith leaders and discuss notions of the hereafter at “Exploring Religious Beliefs of the Afterlife,” a panel discussion at 2 pm on Sunday, Aug. 5. The discussion will examine ancient Egyptian conceptions of the afterlife, as well as the beliefs of diverse faith traditions, including the Baha’i faith, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Panelists include racial-justice leader Billie Mayo; Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis; Jack Sisk, president of the Living Insights Center; and Mufti Asif Umar, imam of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. David Oughton, associate professor of theological studies at Saint Louis University, will serve as moderator for the panel discussion.

“Exploring Religious Beliefs of the Afterlife” is co-presented with Arts & Faith St. Louis with support from Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis. Tickets are free and can be obtained in advance at the the museum or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee.