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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “Invisible No More: Reclaiming the Powerfully Significant Roles of Prehistoric Women”

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 – Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
US/Central

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Presented by James M. Adovasio, director of archaeology, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University

An untold story about women in prehistory has emerged in recent decades, with provocative implications for today’s assumptions about gender. Shaped by cartoons and museum dioramas, the contemporary vision of Paleolithic times tends to feature fur-clad male hunters fearlessly attacking mammoths while timid women hover fearfully behind a boulder. In fact, research now shows that this idea bears little relation to reality.

Women’s roles in prehistory have often been undetected because much of what they created was made was out of perishable materials. Critical innovations—such as tailored clothing for life in colder climates, baskets for storage, ropes to make rafts that enabled long-distance travel, and nets for communal hunting—were often manufactured by women.

James Adovasio—a leading expert on perishable artifacts such as basketry, cordage, and weaving—details the central role women played in the development of language and complex social interactions.

This program is free! Drop in to participate. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. On Thursdays, Museum general admission is free, courtesy of Shell.

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
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    Parking update: A new underground parking garage, located on Montrose Boulevard, is now open!

    • The outdoor parking lot on Bissonnet, across from the Law Building, is closed permanently.
    • Parking is available in two garages: an above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, and a new underground garage at 5101 Montrose Blvd.
    • Guests with limited mobility: We recommend that you use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

    Parking Garage Locations

    • 1144 Binz Street
    • 5101 Montrose Boulevard

    Parking Fees*

    Parking payments may be made only with a major credit card. Also accepted: MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    MFAH Members Visitors
    0–30 minutes FREE FREE
    31 minutes–4 hours $6 $10
    4–12 hours $10 $18
    12–24 hours $35 $35
    *Parking is free for MFAH visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursdays. General admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.

    Hours

    Both parking garages are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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