by Laura Hutson
The Frist’s successful Warhol Live exhibit traced the rise of an artist into contemporary popular culture. While it may seem like a departure, the Frist’s latest exhibit of ancient Egyptian relics shares Warhol’s iconic magnitude — from Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra to The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” and Steve Martin’s “King Tut,” ancient Egyptian culture has the mass appeal and staying power that few others can claim. An added attraction is the exhibit’s focus on the funerary practices of ancient Egypt, which is perhaps the most prevalent aspect of their culture — think of all the mummies you see every Halloween.
The exhibit features more than 100 pieces from the Brooklyn Museum’s excellent collection, and tonight, Edward Bleiberg — Brooklyn Museum’s curator of Egyptian, classical and ancient Middle Eastern art — will give a free public talk that will shed light on the ancient belief system in eternal life, and the rituals and tasks involved in preparing one’s own tomb.