Everyday life in ancient times on display

The Oriental Institute’s photo exhibit titled “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” features Hyde Park residents.

The exhibition explores how cultural achievements of the ancient Middle East contributed to much of modern life. It includes artifacts that document the origins or development of professions such as baker, farmer, manicurist, brewer, writer, clock maker or judge in the ancient world and pairs them with a person who is the modern “face” of that profession.

The portraits feature South Side or Hyde Park-Kenwood residents that represent the working faces of Chicago, including Mario Silva, a baker at the Medici on 57th Street; Diane Jones, a fashion designer; Dr. Kelly Nicholas, a neuro-oncologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center; Kofi Nii, a driver for Yellow Cabs; real estate broker Margie Smigel; Dr. Haki Madhubuti, the founder of Third World Press and Erika Allen, the Chicago and national projects director for Growing Power, an organization that sponsors and maintains sustainable community gardens in Washington and Jackson Parks.

The exhibit opens on Aug. 20 and runs through Feb. 23. For more information, visit oi.uchicago.edu.