"Somewhere in La Mancha: Four-hundred Years of Don Quixote"

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
"Don Quixote and Sancho Panza"
Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879).
Oil on canvas, ca. 1866
The Armand Hammer Honoré Daumier and Contemporaries Collection. Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.
September 15 - November 11, 2005

The Atkinson Museum, in cooperation with the departments of English and Modern Languages, is proud to present, "Somewhere in La Mancha: Four-Hundred Years of Don Quixote," an exhibition honoring one of the greatest literary figures of Spain, and father of the modern novel, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) by featuring his most famous work,Don Quixote de la Mancha and its world-wide influence over the past four-hundred years.

The novel has been translated into more modern languages than any other piece of literature, appearing in some seven hundred editions, and had the most influence on writers, artists, intellectuals, commerce and politics than any other work. One hundred writers from around the globe recently voted Don Quixote one of the most relevant works of fiction of all time.

"Somewhere in La Mancha" will feature a number of Don Quixote editions in a variety of languages, diverse artistic representations, and children's literature, ranging from rare to modern day. In addition, the visitor can expect to see the influence of the novel in the literature, the performing arts, art history and popular culture through a variety of prints, movie posters, trade and tobacco cards, stamps, coins, jewelry, and other memorabilia. Special collections will be on view from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; and Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, as well as private collections.

The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, September 15, 2005 and continue through Friday, November 11, 2005. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2005, 4:30PM - 6:30PM, which is free and open to the public.

"Somewhere in La Mancha" will run concurrently with a six- week seminar in English for the 2005 Fall semester that will culminate in a two-day symposium and festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote (September 29 and 30). The symposium, festival and museum exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, please contact Dr. Susan Smith, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, at 434-223-6986 or Dr. Sarah Hardy, Elliott Associate Professor of English at 434-223-6239.

"Somewhere in La Mancha" has been made possible in part by a grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States' Universities.

The Museum is located on College Road at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12:30PM - 4:30PM and other times by appointment. For more information about the museum and other programs, please contact Lorie Mastemaker, Director/Curator of the Museum, at 434-223-6134 or e-mail at lmastenmaker@hsc.edu.