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Public Programs in Depth Psychology 2020

The last Public Program was held on Feb. 8, 2020. No further Public Progams are scheduled as the program is on hiatus.

Jacqueline Thurston, M.A., Sacred Deities of Ancient Egypt: Pantheon & Paradoxes

Saturday Feb 8, 2020, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 108, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Free admission, Donations accepted

$8 parking in Lot A next to Art Building, $5 parking in Lots E, F, G (download campus map)

A richly illustrated slide presentation provides us with the opportunity to experience the astonishing beauty of portrayals of the feminine and masculine deities of ancient Egypt. As an artist with a background in painting, over several visits Ms. Thurston photographed the monuments of ancient Egypt from a fresh visual perspective sustained by a sense of wonder. Many of the photographs are taken from her new book, Sacred Deities of Ancient Egypt, andhave never before been reproduced.

In this seminar together we will unravel the complex, tangled skein of ideas underlying the mythic forms and faces of the gods. Consider for a moment the feminine goddess, Hathor, who could simultaneously be portrayed as a beautiful woman with cow’s ears; a cow cradling a sun disk in her great horns; and as Mistress of the West, a woman in a red dress wearing a falcon on her head. Portrayed as a vulture and a cobra, the Two Ladies, the principle guardians of the pharaoh, embody the dramatic fusion of ferocity and the feminine in the pantheon.

In our time together we will encounter intriguing inversions of contemporary ideas, in which the fecundity of the earth is represented by a masculine principle, while the sky is represented by a feminine principle. Our exploration of these images and ideas speaks to our contemporary concern with gender; identity; the nature of the divine feminine and the divine masculine; and Eros as an animating force in the pantheon. The presentation and discussion will end with a book signing.

Jacqueline Thurston, M.A., is an artist, writer, and Professor Emerita in the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University. She is twice the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Photography Grant and is a former Fulbright Scholar to Egypt. Her photographs are in major international and national public collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum of Photography, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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