‘Greeks in the Boot’ exhibit at RAFFMA through May 10


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino invites the public to the opening reception of “Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influences in the Italian Peninsula as Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions, ca. 800-200 B.C.” on Saturday, Oct.12, at 5 p.m.

greek_email_blast graphicA special preview for members of the RAFFMA art association will be held at 4:30 p.m. The exhibition is on view from Oct. 14, 2013, through May 10, 2014.

With “Greeks in the Boot,” RAFFMA takes visitors on an informative and exciting journey back in time to a dynamic and prolific period of the region known today as Italy: the first millennium B.C.

This two-part exhibition gives viewers a glimpse into the beliefs and lifestyles of one of the western world’s most consequential societies – the Greeks. Through pottery, archaeologists have traced the story of their adventure as they settled in the Italian peninsula, Italy’s “boot,” shaping its future for centuries to come.

The journey begins with part one of the exhibit: “Greeks: A Survey of Ancient Greek Vases from the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection.” This introductory exhibit features more than 15 examples of ancient Greek ceramics from the Bronze Age through the first millennium B.C., on loan from the Getty Villa in Malibu. In this exhibit, visitors will gain a greater understanding and appreciation not only for ancient Greek ceramics but also for the culture itself – with its alphabetic script, ingenious innovations, political traditions and artistic tastes.

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Bell-Krater (water and wine mixing bowl) Greek, from Apulia, about 330-320 B.C.; from the RAFFMA permanent collection. Photo: Andrew K. Thompson/CSUSB, RAFFMA

From there, patrons can explore the evidence of Greek influence in Italy’s boot with “Greeks in the Boot: A Survey of Ancient Pottery in Italy from the RAFFMA Permanent Collection.” Part two features a selection of 28 clay objects from RAFFMA’s own unique collection of ancient pottery from the Italian peninsula. This selection of rare ceramics reveals how Greek visual culture affected and transformed the many indigenous cultures of the region.

In conjunction with “Greeks in the Boot,” RAFFMA is introducing a series of programming, beginning with a lecture, which was held on Thursday, Oct. 10. “The Story of Adventure and Encounter: An Introduction to Greeks in the Boot” allowed guests to explore the history of the Greek influence in the Italian peninsula with exhibit curator and museum director, Eva Kirsch. Additionally, a closing lecture by David Saunders, a curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum Villa in Malibu, will be held on May 8, 2014, at 5 p.m.

Museum visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural offerings of the Greeks with “Ode to a Grecian Urn,” a concert performance on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. and a hands-on workshop on April 19, 2014, from 2-4 p.m.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington, D.C.,- based organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation. It is the only accredited art museum in San Bernardino.

Over its 16-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. The museum houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $5. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $5 per vehicle.

The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.