The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce four upcoming events in conjunction with the exhibition Acropolis Redux: Caryatid/Frieze, on display now in the Ioannis Makriyannis Wing of the Gennadius Library (Souidias 54, Athina, 106 76). All events are free and open to the public.


Acropolis Redux: Caryatid/Frieze Reception

June 7, 2019, 19:00 - 21:00

Join us for an evening reception celebrating the exhibition.


Artist Gallery Talk

June 9, 2019, 12:00 - 17:00

Ioannis Makriyannis Wing

British artist Ian Walker will present a gallery talk on his photography showcased in the Acropolis Redux: Caryatid/Frieze exhibition.


Caryatid Hairstyling

June 13, 2019, 16:00 - 20:00

Under the direction of Prof. Katherine Schwab of Fairfield University,  a re-creation of the elaborate hairstyle of one of the famous caryatid sculptures of the Erechtheum will take place at the Makriyannis Wing of the ASCSA. A local hairdresser using a live model will demonstrate how curls, waves and braids were created to fashion one of the more complex coiffures of classical antiquity.


American School Director Jenifer Neils Gallery Talk

July 6, 2019, 12:00 - 14:00

Prof. Jenifer Neils, Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and co-organizer of the exhibition “Acropolis Redux.  Caryatid/Frieze” will present a gallery tour in the Makriyannis Wing of the Gennadius Library. The exhibit consists of images of casts of the Erechtheum caryatids and Parthenon frieze  by the British photographer Ian Walker and some rare books and objects from the Gennadeion collections. The exhibit also includes a marble fragment of the Parthenon frieze which was found in the Athenian Agora by American archaeologists; it is on loan courtesy of the Acropolis Museum.

The study of Parthenon frieze is a specialty of Prof. Neils who has lectured extensively and written several articles as well as a book on its sculpture, design and narrative.


Acropolis Redux: Caryatid/Frieze | Ακρόπολη Redux: Καρυάτιδα/Ζωφόρος

Exhibition Information

Two major sculptures of the ancient Athenian Acropolis have been reprised in many places and at many times since antiquity. The British photographer Ian Walker has captured in film the enduring presence of the Erechtheum’s Caryatid and the Parthenon’s frieze in various guises from London housing projects to a Cleveland mansion.

This exhibition presents two groups of photographs which share a common theme – how the sculptures which adorned the temples on the Acropolis in the 5th century BC were disseminated in the modern world and became models for western art.

Caryatid focuses on the standing female figure taken from the Erechtheum by Lord Elgin and now housed in the British Museum which inspired neo-classical caryatids created in London.

Frieze highlights the many casts that have been made of the 524-foot relief that once surrounded the Parthenon. Grand and public, or discreet and private these photographs have been gathered from across Britain, Europe and the USA.

Complementing the photographs in the exhibit are a marble fragment of the north frieze of the Parthenon found in the Agora and on loan from the Acropolis Museum (S 1776) and rare materials from the collection of diplomat and bibliophile Ioannes Gennadius. These include illustrated books by Le Roy, Stuart and Revett, and the American photographer William Stillman, and a series of miniature metal plaques by British artist John Henning which once decorated Gennadius’ house in London. The School’s Archives have lent two images by Agora photographer Alison Frantz which depict both the caryatids and the Parthenon frieze.


American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Ioannis Makriyannis Wing of the Gennadius Library

Hours: Thursday & Friday 16.00-20.00 Saturday & Sunday 11.00-17.00.

Admission: Free

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