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See art exhibitions at Emory before they close

Summer's change of pace provides an excellent opportunity to visit several outstanding Emory art exhibitions before they close. Here is a roundup of exhibits at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Robert W. Woodruff Library concluding in the next three months.

Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson.  Closing on Sunday, May 17, this exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum explores the work of African American artist Mildred Thompson and her interest in the cosmos and the creation of the world. Thompson's work is heavily influenced by African textiles, American jazz, European classical music and German Expressionism.

"Creating Matter" is part of Emory's Year of Creation, a year of events at the Carlos Museum that included exhibitions, gallery tours, Emory planetarium events, the book club, children's activities, talks and more.

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. This Smithsonian exhibition from the National Museum of African Art, one of the Carlos Museum's major exhibitions this year, concludes June 21. It has been the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. It features more than 70 works of art, including an installation by South African artist Marcus Neustetter, who was Emory's artist-in-residence during the year, taught classes and created a light event on the Quad.

Before Ebola: The U.S. Government's Role in Controlling Contagious Disease. This exhibition is located on Level 2 of the Woodruff Library and wraps up June 30. The small exhibit examines the U.S. government's response to major epidemics via letters, including one from Gen. George Washington; photographs; public health campaign materials and links to films.

Two of Each: The Nippur Deluge Tablet and Noah's Flood. Ending July 26, this exhibition at the Carlos Museum features an ancient tablet discovered in the ruins of the ancient Babylonian city Nippur by University of Pennsylvania archaeologists. The tablet tells the story of a plan by the gods to destroy the world by means of a great flood, recounting the tale of an immortal man, Utnapishti, who builds a huge boat to rescue his family and every type of animal.

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