The NYU Institute of Fine Arts presents the
Annual Selinunte Lecture: New Discoveries
Seán Hemingway (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Mario La Rocca (Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identità Siciliana)
Caterina Greco (Archaeological Museum of Palermo “Antonino Salinas")
Felice Crescente (Archaeological Park of Selinunte, Cave di Cusa, and Pantelleria)
Clemente Marconi (NYU Institute of Fine Arts)
Andrew Ward (Emory University)
Thursday, September 28, 2023 @ 5:00-6:30pm EST
NYU Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075
and via Zoom
This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.
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This year marks a major step forward in the work of the mission on the Acropolis of Selinunte of the Institute of Fine Arts–NYU and the University of Milan. A new permit, issued by the director of the Archaeological Park, Dr. Felice Crescente, extends the area of operation of our mission to the entire main urban sanctuary. Covering two hectares, this was one of the largest sacred areas in the Greek Mediterranean during the Archaic and Classical periods, well known for its abundant monumental architecture but still largely unexcavated underneath the levels of the Punic phase, when the site was abandoned within the context of the First Punic War. This extension has already led to remarkable new finds related to the original articulation of the area during the past excavation season, which has also produced remarkable new finds in the area of Temple R.
Another major reason for celebration this year is the new collaborative agreement between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identità Siciliana, which was announced in May. This agreement provides for long-term loans of ancient masterpieces to the museum and the exchange of three-year loans between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Archaeological Regional Museum “Antonino Salinas” of Palermo. The agreement follows decades of successful collaboration between the museum and the Republic of Italy, and it started with a series of loans from Selinunte currently on view in the Met’s Greek and Roman galleries.
*The program will be presented onsite at the James B. Duke House and live-streamed to those who join us by Zoom. Zoom details will be available upon registration for virtual attendees.