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CAF at the Oriental Institute

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The Robert and Deborah Aliber Persian Gallery at the Oriental Institute. Learn more about this gallery.

Have you ever been to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago? I hadn’t until I photographed an event there for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The museum was absolutely awesome! I mean it. I’m not a huge fan of ancient Egyptian artifacts, but this was cool.

After I got done photographing the event, I walked around the museum on my own to explore some of the exhibits and to soak in the architecture. While I was there, the special exhibit was Persepolis: Images of an Empire. The exhibit featured old black-and-white photographs from various expeditions.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

Colossal Statute of King Tutankhamun (left) and the entrance to the museum (right).

The King Tut statue is huge, as the name implies. It was also reconstructed. The tympanum above the entrance, titled “The East Teaching the West,” was sculpted by Ulric Henry Ellerhusen from the vision of James Henry Breasted.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The courtyard on a beautiful day.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

Breasted Hall.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

This lion was modeled after the lions from the temple of Ishtar at Nimrud in Iraq.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The Research Archives as seen from the first level.

Event Photography from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago for the Chicago Architecture Foundation - Event photographs by Michael Courier Photography

The Research Archives as seen from the second level. Learn more about these archives.

See? This place is cool! And these photos here are only a fraction of the work on display at the museum. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend that you check it out. It’s located on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. Check out their website if you want to know more.

And if you’re interested in the modern day aspect of archeology, I recommend checking out their page about Threatened Heritage. With the political instability happening in the Middle East and Northern Africa, a lot of archaeological sites (including museums) are under threat. The OI provides a lot of information and resources to learn more and to help out if you’re interested.

Chicago Cares with CDK Global

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Each volunteer selected a piece of paper which contained their corresponding task.

Earlier this summer I helped document some of the volunteer work happening at Beasley Elementary. As part of the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon, CDK Global and their employees helped with painting projects around the school.

Volunteering at Beasley Elementary with Chicago Cares and CDK Global - Event photography by Michael CourierVolunteering at Beasley Elementary with Chicago Cares and CDK Global - Event photography by Michael CourierVolunteering at Beasley Elementary with Chicago Cares and CDK Global - Event photography by Michael CourierVolunteering at Beasley Elementary with Chicago Cares and CDK Global - Event photography by Michael Courier