Bodies: Past and Present

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge
10 October 2023 - 12 January 2024
Free to all

The Museum of Classical Archaeology (MOCA) is proud to host the exhibition Bodies Past and Present, featuring the work of eleven Cambridge University students from the Department of Architecture and the Faculties of Classics and English. Their site-specific works respond to the sculpture in our Gallery in media ranging from oils to plaster casts.

These responses make us see the Museum’s Greco-Roman bodies differently. They make these bodies more alien and more relevant. What does it mean to look at ancient representations of the body from the vantage point of the present? Why represent the human body at all? And why that vision of the human body? How human(e) is it?

Our talented artists come at these questions visually and self-consciously, privileging the personal, the political, the visceral and contemporary. In a world of gender wars, #Me Too, Black Lives Matter, social media, robots and AI, these questions are as urgent as ever. And they are urgent for the Museum of Classical Archaeology: Classics is a subject that hasn’t always felt accessible to everyone. What if our students’ art can effect change? Certainly, its perspective on the body connects the past with the present, the individual with community, and Cambridge with the world at large.

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Museum of Classical Archaeology

University Of Cambridge, Faculty Of Classics, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9DA
01223 330402

Free to all

Opening times

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday (univesity term time only): 2-5pm

Closed: Sunday, Monday

Exclusions and safety measures

Please be understanding of others. We encourage visitors to wear a face covering while in our Cast Gallery, unless they are exempt. However, please remember that not all exemptions are visible. We are continuing to clean touch-points regularly and there is hand sanitiser available upon entry to the building, but have removed the screens from our front desk.

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