From the people that brought you the 2012 doomsday comes the latest exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Without having to visit Mexico or Guatemala, you can see artifacts from the Mayan Civilization on display in Fort Worth starting August 29. The Mayan glyph form of writing has not yet been fully understood, and only recently has the symbol for the sea been discovered. The glyph, literally meaning "fiery pool," has unlocked many secrets about the Mayans, as well as radically changing our view of them. Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea features ancient panels, bowls and jewelry all connected through the theme of the sea. The civilization was flanked on both sides by the sea, and it deeply impacted their culture and religion. Images of sea creatures and canoes adorn many of the artifacts and depict the significance of the sea in the Mayan's world view, as well as their view of life and death. The "cosmic turtle" even makes an appearance as the creature on which the world and life itself rests, as it floats on a cosmic ocean...Whoa. The exhibit will remain at the Kimbell until January of next year; museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit kimbellart.org/maya.
Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 12-8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 29. Continues through Jan. 2, 2010