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September 2019

PCSWDC Annual Symposium – Saturday, September 21, 2019

September 21, 2019
U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center DC United States + Google Map
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Announcement September 21 Symposium of Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, DC: “Ancient Mesoamerica through 21st Century Science” The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, DC will hold its annual, day-long symposium at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in downtown Washington on September 21, 2019.  This year's symposium will focus on breakthroughs in the frontiers of archaeological knowledge and practice, and will examine how exciting new technologies--including (but not limited to) LIDAR, 3-D imaging, forensic laboratory analysis, and the latest techniques for…

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October 2019

Columbia University AAOA Seminar

October 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, AND THE AMERICAS Severin Morris Fowles Associate Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University     The Curious Case of Coronado’s Shields:                    Towards an Iconology of Pueblo Visual Culture on the Eve of Spanish Colonialism In 1540, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado marched forth to conquer, he hoped, the golden kingdoms that were rumored to exist on the far northern frontier of the Spanish Trans-Atlantic Empire. He encountered instead the Pueblo communities of what is today New Mexico and Arizona.…

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PCSNY October Lecture – Louise M. Burkhart

October 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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This Tortilla is my Body: The Last Supper in Eighteenth-Century Nahuatl Passion Plays Louise M. Burkhart Professor of Anthropology, University at Albany-SUNY Alonso de Molina, Confessionario mayor, en lengua mexicana y castellana, Mexico: Antonio de Espinosa, 1565, 73r. (archive.org; John Carter Brown Library, Brown University) ABSTRACT Colonial Nahuatl Passion plays relived the sequence of events from Jesus Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem to his agonizing and bloody death. Given Mesoamerican ritual traditions of deity embodiment and sacrifice, for an Indigenous man to…

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NMAI-NY Taino Exhibit Tour with Lawrence Waldron, Ph.D

October 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation

The National Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation Invites you to meet Dr. Lawrence Waldron Queens College, CUNY and author of Pre-Columbian Art of the Caribbean for a tour of  Taino: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean Tours will begin at 11 a.m./1:30 p.m./3 p.m.    

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December 2019

PCSNY December Lecture – Michelle Young

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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What Was Chavín? New Perspectives from the Edge of the Andean World Michelle Young Ph.D Candidate in Anthropology, Yale University; Pre-Columbian Studies Junior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Ceramic vessel fragment decorated with applique, incision and cinnabar pigment. Atalla (Huancavelica, Peru), 800–500 BC. Photograph by Michelle Young. ABSTRACT For the past century, Chavín has drawn the fascination of both art historians and archaeologists as one of South America’s most mysterious “civilizations.” As the earliest widespread cultural phenomenon in the Andes, it has…

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January 2020

PCSNY January Lecture – Elena Phipps

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Andean Textile Traditions: Materials, Materiality, and Culture Elena Phipps Lecturer, World Arts and Culture, UCLA; Senior Museum Scholar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Detail from panel with stepped design. Peru, North Coast. Late Intermediate Period, 1150–1450 CE. Camelid hair warp and weft (S-spun), discontinuous warp and weft, plain weave with interlocking joins. 146 x 145 cm. Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Neutrogena Corporation, X94.27.11. (Photograph by Elena Phipps) ABSTRACT The development of rich and complex Andean textile traditions…

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March 2020

“Conceiving the Encyclopedic: The Founding Decades of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,”

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
832 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON THE ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, AND THE AMERICAS Eagle Relief, 10th–13th century, Mexico, Toltec, Andesite/dacite, pigment(H. 24.5cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Frederic E. Church, 1893 (93.27.2) Joanne Pillsbury Andrall E. Pearson Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Conceiving the Encyclopedic: The Founding Decades of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1870-1914) Established in 1870 with neither a collection nor a building of its own, The Metropolitan Museum of Art(Met)was dedicated to an ambitious, cosmopolitan…

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PCSNY March Lecture – Ellen Hoobler

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Smoothing the Path for Rough Stones: The Arensberg Collection of Pre-Columbian Art Ellen Hoobler William B. Ziff, Jr., Associate Curator of Art of the Americas The Walters Art Museum Unknown Aztec artist, Calendar Stone, 1300-1500, central Mexico. Green igneous rock, 19 1/2 x 33 in. (49.5 x 83.8 cm), weight: 1380 lbs. (625.96 kg). The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1950-134-403 ABSTRACT From 1911 to 1954, Louise and Walter Arensberg formed one of the most…

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Rethinking the Landscape: Haudenosaunee Women

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation

"Rethinking the Landscape: Haudenosaunee Women" A workshop hosted by National Museum of the American Indian, the NY Council on the Arts, and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10 AM–4 PM National Museum of the American Indian Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House One Bowling Green New York, NY 10004  

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Conference – Beyond Cortés and Moteuczoma (Yale)

March 26 - March 28

Beyond Cortés and Moteuczoma: The Fall of Mexico Tenochtitlan and its Aftermath march 26-28 at yale university Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 Organizers: Stuart Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History, Yale University and Barbara E. Mundy, Professor of Art History, Fordham University. In the period of 2019-2021 we will be remembering the Quincentenary of the Spanish invasion and military take-over of much of Mesoamerica. While these consequential years were once framed as the “Conquest of…

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