Hellenic American Cultural Foundation presents

Africa & Byzantium

Thursday | February 1 2024 | 7 pm


$20 student tickets are available. Call the box office at 212 501 3330.

Africa and Byzantium, a Lecture with The Met’s Dr. Andrea Achi

The Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation welcomes Dr. Andrea Myers Achi, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Associate Curator of Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who will provide an introductory view of The Met Exhibition, Africa and Byzantium, by exploring the art and cultural interconnections between the Byzantine world and the African continent from the 4th to 15th centuries. Building on The Met’s outstanding legacy of award-winning Byzantine exhibitions, Africa and Byzantium focuses on how Greek and Byzantine art evolved in North Africa and the Horn of Africa. The Exhibition is a lens providing an original way of interpreting the Byzantine culture across time and space.

Dr. Achi, a graduate of Barnard College, later earned her Ph.D. in Byzantine Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She joined the curatorial staff of The Met in 2018. However, Dr. Achi’s history with The Met extends back to 2014 when she joined the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters as an intern for Dr. Helen C. Evans, then Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art. In that role, Dr. Achi organized the Department’s collection of early Byzantine pottery from the Kharga Oasis, Egypt, and developed the exhibition “Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis in Egypt,” with its emphasis on transcultural, trade route connections. In addition to her curatorial work, Dr. Achi has served on the Board of Directors of the International Center of Medieval Art.

A reception with Dr. Achi will follow the presentation.

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