Cyrus Cylinder US Tour 2013 Begins (Official Video)

IHF America’s launch event of the Cyrus Cylinder US tour took place at the Smithsonian’s Sackler galley on March 5th, where the Cyrus Cylinder is now on display – for the first time – through April 28th:

The Launch Event

IHF America’s launch event of the Cyrus Cylinder US tour took place at the Smithsonian’s Sackler galley on March 5th. A wide range of distinguished guests attended this inaugural event. In addition to an exclusive viewing of the exhibition and speeches by Director Julian Raby (Freer and Sackler Galleries), Director Neil MacGregor (British Museum), and Alireza Rastegar (IHF America – the principal sponsor of the tour), the event featured a live, on-stage conversation between CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, and the British Museum’s Neil MacGregor. The complete 20-minute interview as well as its full transcript is now available on the website.

Press Coverage

The launch of the Cyrus Cylinder tour is extensively covered by the press, setting the stage for the public opening of the first-ever exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder in the United States.

The Exhibition

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: a New Beginning is curated by Dr. John Curtis of the British Museum, and co-curated in DC by Dr. Massumeh Farhad and Dr. Alex Nagel of the Freer and Sackler galleries. It includes important objects in addition to the Cyrus Cylinder, showcasing the advancements contributed by the Persian empire in Cyrus’s era to the civilization of the world as we now know:

The exhibition is now open at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and visitors can view the exhibition through April 28th.

The DC exhibition also includes a personal copy of Cyropaedia which belonged to Thomas Jefferson, on loan from the Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson owned two copy of the book which described Cyrus’s life and his way of ruling a multi-culture, multi-faith land. Jefferson recommended reading the book to the Founding Fathers of the US.

Future Venues and Dates Across the US

After the Smithsonian’s Sackler gallery in Washington DC, the exhibition will travel to Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.