Power and Pathos Bronze Sculptures of the Hellenistic World

  • Presented by: Jens Daehner
  • Date: 11/29/2016 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

pathosFrom the fourth century BCE to the first century CE, artists of the Mediterranean world created richly detailed bronze sculptures of unparalleled realism and expression. Only a few of these ancient masterpieces survive. Jens Daehner, associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum who recently curated a celebrated exhibition of Hellenistic bronzes for the Getty Museum, discusses the importance of bronze in antiquity and artistic innovations of the Hellenistic period.

Leonard Cohen’s days in Hydra

avishai-cohen-montreal-1189Leonard Cohen, who just passed way at the age of 82, great singer and poet spend 10 years in Hydra island of Greece. According to greekreporter.com …”A restless spirit, Cohen started as a writer and travelled a lot. In September 1960, he purchased a house on Hydra island, where he found his muse and the sunny solitude he needed to write. In fact he wrote his The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) while living on the island. It was there that he met Marianne Jensen, his partner for most of the 1960s and the inspiration behind debut album cut, “So Long, Marianne”.  ” … see more here

Lesvos Hospital Aid Update

Our help is on its way to Portland’s Sister City — Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece!

The container full of humanitarian medical supplies and equipment was placed aboard a ship in New York on Saturday Oct. 22 and is now on its way to the port of Piraeus in Greece. It is projected to arrive on November 19. It will then be placed on a truck bed, driven onto a large ferry boat, and taken to the island of Lesvos and then to the Mytilene General Hospital.

 Approximately 10 volunteers joined staff members of Partners for World Health and loaded the container by hand – box by box – on Friday Oct. 14. It took five hours to fill the 40-foot container with nearly 900 items – the most that has ever been sent in one load, according to staff. In addition to tons of supplies of all kinds, included were four hospital beds, examining tables, chairs, walkers, and IV poles, plus equipment like defibrillators, etc.

 This extraordinary project of the Hellenic Society of Maine was made possible by our more than 90 individual donors and businesses, by a group donation from the parishioners of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portland, and by one person in particular, Jeffery Choney — all who gave the more than $21,000 needed to make this happen.

 A special thanks to the members of the band, Skordalia, which performed the kick-off benefit concert; and to the USM School of Music for the venue. Invaluable assistance with customs issues was provided by Consul General of Greece in Boston, Mrs. Iphigenia Kanara. Shipping is being handled by Mike’s Shipping in Revere, Mass.

 Once all expenses for this project are settled, any remaining money will be used to send smaller boxes of supplies to the hospital.

 Thank you, thank you all!

Hellenic Society of Maine

Lesvos Hospital Aid: Shipment of humanitarian medical aid on its way!

A container full of recovered medical supplies and equipment was loaded this past Friday Oct. 13 by a crew of volunteers at the Partners for World Health warehouse on Canco Road, Portland. The 40-foot container left by truck for a shipping depot in Massachusetts, then will go on to New York where it will be loaded on a ship bound for Piraeus, Greece.

 This is the next phase in the HSoM project — Lesvos Hospital Aid — to support the Mytilene General Hospital in Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece – Portland’s Greek Sister City. The hospital is the primary health provider for all of the Greek residents of the island, and for the more than 6,000 refugees and migrants who are stuck in camps on the island waiting for their requests for asylum to be processed. These people are part of the more than 600,000 who have passed through this one island into Europe.

 Our recent fundraising campaign topped its goal of $20,000 which was needed to obtain and ship the supplies. Thanks again to all of those who donated and made this possible.

 

Irwin Novak, PhD

Greek Consul General Coming to Maine!

iphigenie-karnalasMrs. Ifigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston, will be coming to the University of Southern Maine in Portland, 133 Wishcamper Hall at 5 p.m.,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016. A reception will follow. Mrs. Kanara will speak about the more than 1 million people, migrants and refugees, that crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, fleeing war and per- secution in Syria and elsewhere. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis was sparked in Europe as transit countries were struggling to cope with the influx.

Greece found itself in the epicentre of this crisis. More than 60,000 people remain stranded across the Greece which in the midst of a severe economic crisis is trying hard to provide for those in need. The crisis has put to the test not only the European Union’s ca-

pacity to respond in a united and coordinated way, but also the western world’s readiness to address the problem collectively and in a way compatible to our common values.