Join us for a Virtual Antiquities Circle Lecture presented by Dr. Branko van Oppen. In this talk, Dr. van Oppen looks at the work of German-American visual artist Marc Erwin Babej.
This unconventional retrospective of a contemporary artist’s oeuvre–Marc Erwin Babej– re-contextualizes the antiquities collection at the Tampa Museum of Art to offer the museum visitors fresh insight in the continued relevance and artistic inspiration of antiquity for present day politics, ideology, and art.
Marc Erwin Babej (b. 1970), based in New York, has created a cycle of works revolving around themes such as ideology and aesthetics, power and domination, colonization and integration, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, beauty ideals and gender identity. Indebted in equal measure to Classic Hollywood and Leni Riefenstahl as well as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, Babej’s work is both controversial and subversive. His work has been exhibited internationally, notably in Germany, Egypt and America.
Speaker: Dr. Branko van Oppen is an ancient historian specialized in queenship during the period from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra. He received his PhD from The City University of New York, where he studied with Sarah Pomeroy; he has over a decade of wide-ranging teaching experience in the U.S. and his native country The Netherlands; and he has worked for five years at the Allard Pierson Museum, which holds the archaeological collection of the University of Amsterdam. Dr. van Oppen’s academic interests further include clay seal impressions, animals in ancient material culture, and Romano-Egyptian mummy portraits, as well as art history and ancient religion.
Image Left: Red-Figure Column Krater (Mixing Vessel), Attributed to the Maplewood Painter (Name Vase), South Italian, Apulian, ca. 350 BC, Ceramic, H. 56 cm. 22 inches, Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, purchased in part with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. William Knight Zewadski, 1986.102
Image Right: Marc Erwin Babej (German and American, b. 1970), Apollo in Pantheo Romano, 2017, archival digital pigment prints from the Pantheon series, episode 3 of the Imperium cycle. Tampa Museum of Art, Museum Purchase, 2019.002