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'Centaur's Smile' explores mythical monsters, Oct. 11-Jan. 18

"The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art," the first exhibition in the United States to explore the role of mythical monsters in ancient Greek culture, will be on view at the University Art Museum Saturday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004.

The exhibition features 100 pieces from the museum's permanent collection and private collections in the United States, France and Spain. It will focus on the significance composite creatures had for the early Greeks by examining their antecedents in the art of Egypt and the Near East.

"The Centaur's Smile" was conceived in 1998 after the museum acquired a Greek bronze statuette of a centaur dating to about 530 B.C., which is a signature piece in the exhibition. Other items include terracotta statuettes, painted ceramic vases, sculptural reliefs, jewelry, metalwork and engraved gems.

Special events related to the exhibition include guest lectures, family programs and an international symposium Nov. 22 presented by scholars of ancient Greek art. For more information, call (609) 258-3788.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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