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March 2019

PCSNY March lecture – Robert M. Rosenswig

March 14, 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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The Izapa Kingdom and Its Neighbors Robert M. Rosenswig Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Institute of Institute for Mesoamerican Studies University at Albany–SUNY Lidar Image of Kingdom of Izapa, 2018 (photograph courtesy of Izapa Regional Settlement Project) The largest of a network of early kingdoms on the Pacific coast of southern Mesoamerica, Izapa provides insight into the origins of urban life and hierarchical political relations. Izapa's impressive architecture and carved monuments have led to speculation about the nature…

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April 2019

PCSNY April lecture – Thomas B. F. Cummins

April 4, 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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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).…

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May 2019

PCSNY May lecture – Richard Diehl

May 10, 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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Water in Ancient Mesoamerican Life and Cosmovision Richard A. Diehl Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology University of Alabama Unknown Nahua artist, Chalchiuhtlicue (Goddess of Water), Preconquest or Early Colonial. Codex Borbonicus, p. 5. Screenfold manuscript, panel 39 x 39.5 cm. Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale, Paris. Water is essential for all life, including humans. Today we attempt to control water primarily through technological approaches. Ancient Mesoamericans employed both technology and religious beliefs and practices to obtain an abundant supply of this precious liquid. My…

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