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“Juggling the Middle Ages” Exhibition Opening Event

Where
Dumbarton Oaks
When
October 18, 2018
05:30 PM to 08:30 PM
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Celebrate the opening of Juggling the Middle Ages at Dumbarton Oaks with a curatorial presentation and special reception, featuring live juggling performances! Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University and director of Dumbarton Oaks, will begin the evening with a lecture and an audience discussion to introduce the exhibition. Access to the galleries and a reception on the Music Room Terrace with beer, wine, and light fare will follow.

Juggling the Middle Ages

Allusions to the Middle Ages can be found throughout the modern world. Arthurian legend movies are churned out by studios on a regular basis and Gothic Revival architecture can be found on college campuses across the country. Washington, DC, boasts a variety of medievalisms, from condo buildings adorned with gargoyles to a recurring Game of Thrones themed pop-up bar.

Why have the Middle Ages been so influential on modern European and American identities through architecture, art, music, and other media?

Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting and powerful impact—Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit will follow the story from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its most current interpretations in children’s books. Through its exploration of the many incarnations of the tale, the exhibit will encourage viewers to reflect on the role of the Middle Ages in the fashioning of modernity.