Participants will take turns reading from the award-winning 2000 translation of Homer's Odyssey by Stanley Lombardo, who will be on hand to open and close the event. The program is free and open to the public, and the galleries of the Carlos Museum will be open for visitors to see both the Romare Bearden exhibition and the permanent collection.
The renowned Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) is perhaps most famous for his paintings and collages of black American urban and rural life, but in the 1970s, late in his career, he began a major series depicting scenes from The Odyssey. The new exhibition at the Carlos Museum represents the first time the works have been exhibited together since they were first shown more than 30 years ago.
Unabridged audio recordings of The Odyssey generally run about 11-13 hours (it's called an epic for a reason), so it's fair to guess that each session in the live reading series will last around four hours. Books 1-8 will be read Friday night, January 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Books 9-16 will be read Saturday night, January 25, beginning at 7 p.m. Books 17-24 will be read Sunday afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m. Mediterranean food and wine will be available for purchase.
The free live reading of Homer's Odyssey takes place in the Reception Hall on Level Three of the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the campus of Emory University beginning Friday, January 24, at 7 p.m., Saturday, January 25, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 26, at 2 p.m. For more information and a full schedule, visit the Carlos Museum's website.
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