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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.

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  • 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.
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    • MFAH Members FREE
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    • Military (with ID) $10
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    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
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    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

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  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: 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.

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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