Q & A with Anna Altschwager, Exhibition Project Manager at the Field Museum in Chicago on the new exhibit Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux

March 15, 2013 | By Laurence Geannopulos

Q & A with Anna Altschwager, Exhibition Project Manager at the Field Museum on the new exhibit Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux opening on March 20, 2013 in Chicago.


Q1: Why is the Field Museum presenting this exhibition ?

Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux will be a wonderful experience for our visitors, giving them a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the masterpieces of the Lascaux caves. Some of the spaces presented in the exhibition have been closed to the public since 1963. And even if a lucky few have had the opportunity to travel to France to visit the cave site, we will be presenting new digital visualizations of the cave never seen before. In addition, The Field Museum has an amazing collection of Paleolithic artifacts, and we are excited to add to the exhibition some beautiful pieces from our own collection, including the celebrated Magdalenain Woman.
 
Q 2: Why is this exhibition unique ?
 
For years people have been traveling to France to experience the caves of Lascaux, but today we have the opportunity of having Lascaux travel to us.  To be able to encounter such accurate and complete replications of the masterpieces is incredibly exciting, especially knowing that the originals are closed to the public.
 
What makes the story of Lascaux so special to me, personally, is the universal nature of it. Lascaux captures some of the earliest artwork and creative thought... it's clear these spaces are being used for an important and ritual purpose, and that, in itself, is fascinating. But what's amazing is that we don't know all the answers, the site is still full of mysteries. Lascaux shows us that we need to keep seeking, wondering, and thinking about who we are - it's a human thing to do. It's who we are.
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