Exhibition: “Bride of the Desert: An Exploration of Palmyra”

The exhibition: “Bride of the Desert: An Exploration of Palmyra” will be on display at The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63108, March 2 – April 21, 2018.  This exhibition includes some photographs from the Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection in University Archives and books from the WU Art & Architecture LibraryJoin us for the opening on Friday March 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  

Félix Bonfils (Fr., 1831-1885)
Palymra. Triumphal Arch. (ca. 1870)
Albumen print from glass negative.
Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection, University Archives

Once a thriving caravan city of the Roman frontier during the 1st – 3rd centuries CE, Palmyra contained an array of temples, colonnaded streets, theaters and commercial areas. Today the city, now in war-torn Syria, has been almost completely destroyed. Curated by photo historian David R. Hanlon, the exhibit presents a group of 19th century and contemporary photographs of Palmyra from local public and private collections by Michael J. Fuller, Frank Mason Good, David R. Hanlon, John Henry Haynes, Don McCullin, and others. Augmenting the exhibition will be motion graphic and virtual reality pieces created for this exhibition by designers at St. Louis Community College.

Also join us for the Gallery Talk on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.  The lecture will be by Dr. Michael Fuller, Professor Emeritus, St. Louis Community College, Board Member, Archaeological Institute of America, St. Louis chapter and Co-Director of American archaeological expedition to Tell Tuneinir, Syria (1986-2001), with introduction by exhibition curator, David R. Hanlon. Admission free, but reservations are encouraged. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

The exhibition is made possible by Yvette and John Dubinsky, with additional support from Christner, Inc., Jeremy Hinton; and Barbara and Arthur McDonnell, with in-kind support from Olin Library Special Collections, Washington University in St. Louis.
For more information on the Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection, click here.

About the author

Rose is a PhD candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. When she is not working on her dissertation on post-1945 asylum novels or blogging about the amazing materials in Special Collections, she fills much of her time reading, writing, gardening, and wrestling.