“ARMENIA” AT THE MET: MAKING MEDIEVAL ARMENIAN ART AND CULTURE RELEVANT

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 on 1:02 am

Sunday October 22,2017 4PM
Ararat-Eskijian Museum/Sheen Chapel 15105 Mission Hills Rd. Mission Hills Ca 91345
“ARMENIA” AT THE MET: MAKING MEDIEVAL ARMENIAN ART AND CULTURE RELEVANT
A TALK BY DR. HELEN C. EVANS Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host “Armenia,” a major exhibition on medieval Armenian art,
from September 21, 2018–January 13, 2019. Armenians are well aware of being the people originating at the
base of Mt. Ararat who would become the first Christian nation. But Armenians, and non-Armenians, are
often less aware of the diversity of Armenian art and culture developed during their medieval centuries as
Armenians spread from their homeland to become powerful on trade routes that would extend across the
globe. Dr. Evans will discuss how the exhibition “Armenia” will demonstrate the development of
Armenian art in the Middle Ages and its importance to the art of the world.
Dr. Helen C. Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art.. Previously she co-curated the Morgan Library and Museum’s 1994 exhibition, “Treasures
in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts.” At the Metropolitan Museum she curated “The Glory of
Byzantium (843-1261)” in 1997 and “Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557)” in 2004 that included major
works of Armenian art. Through Dr. Evans’ efforts, Armenian art is now installed in The Met’s permanent
medieval galleries.
Dr. Evans has taught courses on Armenian art at Columbia University and published widely on
Armenian topics. She is president of The International Center for Medieval Art (ICMA) and immediate
past-president of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation. Dr. Evans
received her B.A. with Honors from Newcomb College of Tulane University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from THE INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY.