Awkward Questions for Kara Cooney

Art Unbound
Art Unbound
Awkward Questions for Kara Cooney

On October 8, 2021, Dr. Kara Cooney presented a virtual lecture for the Portland Art Museum audience titled When Women Ruled the World. We anticipated that Dr. Cooney’s lecture and the exhibition Queen Nefertari’s Egypt would raise a lot of difficult questions. On this episode, Jeannie Kenmotsu is joined by Sara Krajewski and Stephanie Parrish to ask Dr. Cooney some of these questions that come from the Portland Art Museum staff, as well as our audience using an online form. Topics discussed include lived experience in ancient Egypt, race and patriarchy, grave goods, museums, the academy, and power.

Featured in this episode:
Kara Cooney
Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture, Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Jeannie Kenmotsu – The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art
Sara Krajewski – Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator Of Modern and Contemporary Art
Stephanie Parrish – Director of Learning and Community Partnerships

Contributed to this episode:
Kathleen Ash-Milby – Curator of Native American Art

Mentioned in this episode:
Queen Nefertari’s Egypt
Museum Egizio – Turin
Kimbell Art Museum
Nelson Atkins
New Orleans Museum of Art
Splendors of Ancient Egypt
The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt
Temple of Millions of Years
Bronze Age
Sea Peoples
City of Notocris
Valley of the Kings
Hidden room behind wall in King Tut’s tomb
Egyptian Museum Mummy Parade
National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
President Sisi
Salima Ikram
American University in Cairo
Herbert Winlock
Metropolitan Museum of Art
William Flinders Petrie

Dr. Roselyn Campbell
V&A London
Getty purchases Young Man at His Window for $53M
Andrea Fraser
Kara Cooney’s YouTube channel
Is Egyptology Racist? Short answer: Yes
National Gallery of Art
Kress Fellowships
Mary Lefkowitz
Black Athena
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
King Tut is Black and he’s Still Black
Howard University
Chadwick Boseman
Zahi Hawass
The Good Kings
Laws of Hammurabi
Antony and Cleopatra
Putin on horseback
Thutmose III
AFTERLIVES with Kara Cooney


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