The NHS hosted a tour of the Onassis Cultural Center New York’s phenomenal exhibit, A World of Emotions, followed by a luncheon featuring Onassis Foundation Executive Director Amalia Cosmetatou on April 25, 2017. A World of Emotion is exclusively at the Onassis Cultural Center New York, and it brings together more than 130 masterpieces from some of the finest museums in the world, including the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum Athens, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museums, etc. to explore the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted. The exhibition was developed by a team of distinguished guest curators over the course of more than four years, and it features vase paintings, sculptures (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts from the early 7th century BC (the traditional date of the Iliad) to the late 2nd century AD (the beginning of the end of pagan antiquity). Many are on view in the United States for the first time and some will be seen for the first time outside Greece. These objects provide a timely opportunity to think about the role of feelings in our own personal, social, and political lives, while helping to advance the relatively new field of the history of emotions.
For those interested, A World of Emotion will be on exhibition until June 24, 2017 and admission is free! Click here for more information!