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“Memory and Materiality in the Ancient Maya World,” a lecture by Megan O’Neil (LACMA)

February 16, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


Please join the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University for the upcoming lecture:

“Memory and Materiality in the Ancient Maya World”

Megan O’Neil, Ph.D. (LACMA)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016—12:15pm

612 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University


Dr. Megan E. O’Neil is Associate Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She received her Ph.D. from Yale University upon completion of her dissertation “Making Visible History: Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture.” Her first book-length publication, Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012) examines the ways in which the ancient Maya used sculpture to connect with their past, galvanizing both reception and performance. Recently, she published a revised edition of Maya Art and Architecture, which she co-authored with Dr. Mary Miller (Thames and Hudson, 2014). Further publications have appeared in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Ancient Mesoamerica, Journal of Visual Culture, and the edited volume Striking Images, Iconoclasms Past and Present, among others. In addition to her teaching positions at Barnard College, the University of Southern California, the College of William and Mary, and Manhattan Community College, Dr. O’Neil has worked on numerous curatorial and education projects at the intersections of universities and museums. Currently, she is curating an exhibition of Maya ceramic vessels scheduled to open at LACMA in May 2016.

The lecture is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.


February 16, 2016
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


612 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York, 10028
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