‘Mummy-In’ At RISD Museum

mummy-in (6.19) Not About The Buildings and the Providence Athenaeum have teamed up once again, this time to commemorate the re-installation of the Egyptian galleries at the RISD Museum. Join us for a reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s witty and not terribly long 1845 story “Some Words with a Mummy.”

In 1845 Poe published “Some Words to a Mummy,” mocking the 19th century craze known as “Egyptomania.” Join Matthew Lawrence of Not About the Buildings and Christina Bevilacqua of the Providence Athenaeum for a read-aloud of the satirical tale and a bit of background on Poe’s parody.

Our recitation of “Some Words with a Mummy” will begin in the museum’s Porcelain Gallery at 6:00. Afterwards RISD Museum Curator of Ancient Art Gina Borromeo and Egyptologist Emily Russo will lead us to Nesmin, the museum’s resident mummy, where they will informally discuss ancient Egypt, decipher some hieroglyphics, and answer any questions that you may have about ancient Egypt.

Stop in at any point; sign up to read or just sit back and listen! The Mummy-In is a part of the RISD Museum’s monthly Design The Night program. Admission is free that evening, and events will be taking place throughout the museum.

Free, recitation starts at 6pm, Thursday, June 19th, the Porcelain Gallery, RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street, Facebook event page, (directions)

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