Kimbell Art Museum to hold University Evening

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    North Texas students and faculty can attend a free event for university communities tonight at the Kimbell Art Museum, said an education coordinator.

    The Kimbell Art Museum is hosting University Evening from 4-6 p.m. Students can go on tours of a Mayan exhibit, have refreshments and learn about available internships at the museum, Connie Hatchette Barganier said.

    Barganier, an education coordinator at the Kimbell, said reservations are no longer being accepted for the event, but half-price admission to the exhibit is available from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

    This is not the first University Night at the Kimbell and event attendance is growing, Barganier said.

    Jennifer Casler Price, curator for Asian and Non-Western Art, said the exhibit, “Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea,” features about 100 objects dating from 300 B.C. to A.D. 1500 that explore how the Mayans depicted the importance of water in their art.

    “This is the first exhibition to focus on the importance and centrality of water to the ancient Maya,” Price said. “It’s a facet that has not really been investigated by scholars or archaeologists up to this point.”

    Price said most Mayan exhibits focus on kingship, lineage and warfare.

    “Water influenced their life both from the daily point of view and with the Maya idea of the cosmos,” Price said.

    Barganier said the Kimbell is trying to do university evenings at least twice a year.

    “We have been thrilled with the attendance and the opportunity to meet college students and find out what they are interested in,” Barganier said.

    The exhibit will feature an interactive component with a touch table screen called “The Fiery Pool” where one can touch objects, and images come up on the screen, Price said.

    The exhibit will run until January 2nd. The next University Evening has been planned for February 10th.