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PCSNY April lecture – Thomas B. F. Cummins

April 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chiminigagua’s Luminous and Resplendent World:
The Art and Architecture of the Muisca

Thomas B. F. Cummins
Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art
Harvard University

Unknown Muisca Artist, Bird Pendant, 10th–16th century, Colombia. Gold, 10.2 x 11.1 x 1.9 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979.206.509

Colombia has one of America’s richest pre-Columbian artistic traditions, especially gold work. This talk will examine the intersection between architectural spaces, metalworking, textiles, and rock art of the Muisca (CE 1200–1500). Emphasis will be placed on the ritual use of objects as well as the representation of ritual objects and spaces, particularly in gold as it is described in colonial texts. Muisca myths will be explored to help understand how ancient images, especially rock art, were understood by the Muisca.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
6 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Followed by a reception with wine and cheese in the Loeb Room


April 4, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Pre-Columbian Society of New York, Inc.
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Institute of Fine Arts–NYU
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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