CANCELED- ARCE | The Beautiful One Returns: Nefertiti and the Altered Identities of an Icon with Nicholas Brown

For the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and community, and in an effort to support public health officials in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Museum will close temporarily to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 – Tuesday, March 31. Ticket holders to this event will be contacted directly. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Presented by Nicholas Brown, American Egyptologist, UCLA 

The bust of Nefertiti is, arguably, one of the most iconic and recognizable artifacts from the ancient world. Since her discovery in 1912, and public display in 1923, the use of Nefertiti as a symbol of German imperial power, dominance, and “care for the past” has turned her into an icon and symbol of Berlin and Germany. Subsequent requests by the Egyptian government for her return to Egypt have proved unsuccessful and she remains in Germany to this day. Though the Nefertiti bust is housed in the Neues Museum in Berlin, Egyptians identify her as a symbol of their country and culture. The image and name of Nefertiti feature prominently throughout modern-day Egypt, particularly at tourist destinations, and her persona is easily identified with by many Egyptian citizens. This research explores the different ways in which modern day Egyptians constructed and represented ancient Egyptian history in order to influence social and political movements within the last decade, all through the lens of the Nefertiti bust. The underlying goal of this presentation is to illustrate the ways in which ancient Egyptian art, artifacts, and history can function within modern contexts.

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium
Ticketed Event: Free for Bowers and ARCE members | General $12

*Please note that this is a replacement lecture for Valley of The Kings with Dr. Francesco Tiradritti, who can no longer lecture at the Bowers Museum on March 28 due to travel ban.

TICKETS: Online or onsite. Questions? E-mail or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Event details

March 28, 2020 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm