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Education

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Teaching Experience

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Lorelei Corcoran

Art History
Professor
Director, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Graduate Advisor for MA students concentrating in Egyptian Art
Office: Art & Communication 315B
Phone: 901/678-2555
Fax: 901/678-2735
Email: lcorcorn@memphis.edu
Website: http://www.memphis.edu/egypt


EDUCATION

THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, June 1988.
DISSERTATION: Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt, Janet H. Johnson, Director; Edward F. Wente and Kathleen J. Shelton, Committee Readers. An analysis of "Fayoum" portrait mummies from an Egyptological perspective that addresses questions of chronology, provenience, iconography, and patronage.

TUFTS UNIVERSITY MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
B.A., cum laude, in March 1975. Concentration in Classical Studies with a minor in Anthropology. Winter Study 1974 Intern, Peabody Museum, Harvard University.


FELLOWSHIPS

FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT, Summer 1993. Research and preliminary organization for Egyptian art focusing on the theme of Egypt and Animals.

AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT; RYERSON TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP (University of Chicago). Concurrent grants tenured in Cairo (1984-85) for dissertation research. Examined portrait mummy excavation sites and documented all known portrait mummies in Egyptian collections.

University of Chicago Tuition Scholarship, Spring 1979.


TEACHING INTERESTS

The expression of religious and social ideas in visual terms - the communication of time and space, the concept of portraiture, the representation of the human and divine aspects of royalty - within the artistic idiom of ancient societies; the historical framework of interconnections, stylistic changes, and continuity; and the relationship of art to language.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, Art Department, University of Memphis. 1990 to Present
° Developed curriculum for M.A. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology.
° Graduate and undergraduate teaching responsibilities for Egyptian Art surveys and seminars and World Art I.
° Graduate thesis advisor.

Instructor, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
° Myth and Magic in Egyptian Art, Autumn 1989.
° Art and Architecture in Ancient Egypt, Autumn 1988.

Instructor, The Oriental Institute Museum Members' Program.
° Egypt by Armchair, Autumn 1988.
° The Art of Ancient Egypt, Spring 1986.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director, The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, University of Memphis. 1992 to present.

Assistant Director, The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, University of Memphis. 1990 to 1992. Curatorial responsibilities for Egyptian collection.

Acting Director, Autumn 1992. Curated Views of Egypt, February to March 1992. Participant in 1991 season of EES excavation of ancient Memphis.

Assistant Curator, The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago. 1989-90. Curatorial responsibilities for Egyptian and ancient Near Eastern collection. Co-curated (with Terry Wilfong), Another Egypt: Coptic Christians at Thebes (7th-8th Centuries A.D.). The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, October 4, 1990-June 30, 1991.

Epigrapher, The Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute, at Chicago House, Luxor, Egypt. Season of 1986-87. Recorded reliefs and texts as part of on-going Oriental Institute project to publish major monuments of Luxor.

Curator of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California. 1980-85. Participated in planning of three million dollar restoration project. Registered the uncataloged collection of the mission museum. Developed and implemented exhibit designs. Initiated and supervised textile conservation program.

Gallery Coordinator, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, California. 1980-81. Screened and scheduled artists. Designed and installed exhibits. Curated: Japanese Kimono and Artifacts from Mission Indian Days.

Term-Time Student Employment: Graduate Assistant to the Registrar, The David and Alfred Smart Gallery, University of Chicago; 1978-79. Assistant at the Oriental Institute Archives; 1976-78.

Summer Student Employment: Acting Registrar/Acting Archivist, The Oriental Institute Museum; Summer 1978. Intern in the Department of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Summer 1977.


PUBLICATIONS

Herakleides. A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt, with Marie Svoboda, 2010.

Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt (I-IV Centuries A.D.): with a Catalog of Portrait Mummies in Egyptian Museums, University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, No. 56, 1995.

“Evidence for the Survival of Pharaonic Religion in Roman Egypt: the Portrait Mummy,” in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt II, 18, 5. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter and Co., in press.

Review of Whitney Davis, The Canonical Tradition in Ancient Egyptian Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, forthcoming.

"A Cult Function for the So-called Faiyum Portraits?," in Life in a Multi-Cultural Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and Beyond, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC) 51 (1992): 57-61.

"Exploring the Archaeological Metaphor: The Egypt of Freud's Imagination," in The Annual of Psychoanalysis 19 (1991): 19-32.

Contributor, "The Roman Period," Mummies & Magic, The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt, Department of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art, exhibition catalog. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988. Pp. 201-215.

"Featured Object Number Seven: Gilded Funerary Mask," The Oriental Institute Museum brochure, February 1988.

Review of David L. Thompson, Mummy Portraits in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982) in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 45, no. 4 (October 1986): 301-304.


SELECT ARTICLES AND EXHIBITIONS

Face to Face with the Past: Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt." In Antico Egitto, in press.

"The Mummy, Cartonnage Set and Coffin of Irtwirw." In Egyptian Museum Collections around the World, M. Eldamaty and M. Trad, eds., Supreme Council of Antiquities, Cairo, 2002.

"Masks." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, D. Redford, ed., Oxford University Press, London and New York, 2001.

"A Case for Narrativity: Gilt Stucco Mummy Cover in the Graeco-Roman Museum, Alexandria, inv. 27808." In Gold of Praise: Studies in Ancient Egypt in Honor of Edward F. Wente, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, No. 58, E. Teeter and J.A. Larson, eds., University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1999.

Africa's Egypt , an exhibition curated for the Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, TN, 1999.

"Mysticism and the Mummy Portraits." In Portraits and Masks: Burial Customs in Roman Egypt. M. Bierbrier, ed., British Museum Press, London, 1997.

"Painted Funerary Shroud." In Africa: the Art of a Continent, T. Phillips, ed., Prestel, Munich, 1995.Evidence for the Survival of Pharaonic Religion in Roman Egypt." In Aufstieg und Niedergang der romischen Welt, II/18, H. Temporini and W. Haase, eds., Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 1995.

"A Cult Function for the So-called Faiyum Portraits?" In Life in a Multi-Cultural Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and Beyond, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, no. 52, J. Johnson, ed., University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1992.

"Exploring the Archaeological Metaphor: The Egypt of Freud's Imagination." In The Annual of Psychoanalysis, no. 19, 1991.

Another Egypt: Coptic Christians at Thebes (7th-8th Centuries A.D.), an exhibition curated for the The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1990-1991. Co-curated with Terry Wilfong.

"The Roman Period." In Mummies and Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt, S. D'Auria, P. Lacovara and C. Roehrig, eds., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988.

"Hawara Portrait Mummy no. 4" In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 71, 1985.


LECTURES AND PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING

“Egyptian Art of the Late Period as Represented in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” November 4, 1993, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“Initiation and Transformation: The Pharaonic Cult of Isis in Roman Egypt,” March 27, 1993, panel paricipant and co-organizer (with the Memphis Jung Society) of national symposium, Images of Isis: Feminine Consciousness in Ancient Egypt, at Memphis State University.

"The Most Beautiful Face Among the Gods: Ptolemaic-Roman Mummy Mask MSU 1981.1.25," November 2, 1991 at the annual meeting of the Southeast College Art Conference, Memphis, TN.

"Portrait of a Pyramid: The Funerary Complex of Amenemhet III at Hawara," panel participant and co-organizer of international symposium "The Legacy of the Pyramids" at Memphis State University, April 6, 1991.

"A Cult Function for the So-called Faiyum Portraits?," September 6, 1990, at the International Symposium, Life in a Multi-Cultural Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and Beyond (in conjunction with the Fourth International Congress of Demotists, The Oriental Institute, Chicago, IL.

"Exploring the Archaeological Metaphor" May 5, 1990 at the symposium, Sigmund Freud and Art, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL.

"Ozymandias Reconsidered: Profiles of Pharaonic Propaganda," November 11, 1989, at the symposium, Images of Power: The Iconography of Kingship in the Ancient Near East, sponsored by the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

Lecturer, The Oriental Institute"1989 Fall Tour. Nineteen day tour of Egypt encompassing sites from Alexandria to Abu Simbel.

Consultant and participant in Public Television's NSF sponsored Reading Rainbow episode no. 509, "Mummies Made in Egypt," which first aired on March 30, 1989.

"Is Egyptology in Your Future?" a presentation to Hester Junior High School summer school students, Franklin Park, IL, June 20, 1989.

Lecturer, The Oriental Institute Volunteer Guide Program's visit to "Cleopatra's Egypt: Age of the Ptolemies," at the Detroit Institute of Art, April 8, 1989.

"How to Read a Roman Mummy," November 2, 1988, Evening Lecture Series, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

"How to Read a Roman Mummy Mask," May 1, 1988, at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Inc., The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

"The Work of the Epigraphic Survey: A Season in Egypt," January 20,
1988, Young Presidents' Organization Conference, University of Chicago.

"The Art of Amarna," November 7, 1987, at the symposium, Egypt of the Amarna Period, sponsored by The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

"Portraiture in Ancient Egypt," July 17, 1986, Summer Workshop for High School Teachers, sponsored by The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

"The Iconography of Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt," March 22, 1985, at The Netherlands Institute for Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo; Cairo, Egypt.

Lecturer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art "Red Sea Passage." Christmas 1984. Visits to major archaeological sites in Egypt (Cairo, Luxor, Eastern Desert, and Abu Simbel) and Jordan (Petra).

"Red-Shrouded Portrait Mummies," April 28, 1984, at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

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