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March 2020

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

March 4, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 - March 28, 2020

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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April 2020

PCSNY April Lecture – Andrew Finegold

April 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Attention: This event has been postponed **More information will be shared when available** Metonymy in Mesoamerican Art Andrew Finegold Assistant Professor of Visual Culture of the Ancient Americas University of Illinois at Chicago Late Classic Maya Codex-style plate from the Mirador Basin, northern Petén (Guatemala) or southern Campeche (Mexico), ca. 680–750 CE. Ceramic with slip, diam. 12 5/8 in (32 cm). Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1993.565. Photograph by Justin Kerr, K1892. ABSTRACT In ancient Mesoamerica, images often directly responded…

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March 2021

PCSNY March 9 lecture – George Lau

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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An Offering Context at Pashash (A.D. 200–600): Camelid Imagery and the Lordly Commitment in the Ancient Americas George Lau Reader, Archaeology of the Americas Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas University of East Anglia, Norwich Recuay ceramic vessel depicting warrior lord and camelid, ca. A.D. 500. Collection of the Municipality of Chacas, Peru. Photograph by George Lau. For studying early Andean peoples when camelids became increasingly incorporated into social and political life, there is…

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PCSNY March 24 lecture – Vera Tiesler

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Heads, Skulls, and Sacred Scaffolds: New Insights on Late Maya Ritual Practices at Chichen Itzá (and Beyond) Vera Tiesler Research Professor and Coordinator of Bioarchaeology Laboratory Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida Northeastern corner of Chichen Itza's major tzompantli platform. Photograph by Vera Tiesler. Although violence has been abundantly recorded in Maya iconography, only the last two decades of scholarship have seen methodological and interpretive strides towards a more nuanced study of ancient sacrificial practices involving humans. Recent revisions of the human mortuary record…

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April 2021

PCSNY April 12 Lecture – Andrew Finegold

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Metonymy in Mesoamerican Art Andrew Finegold Assistant Professor of Visual Culture of the Ancient Americas University of Illinois at Chicago Late Classic Maya Codex-style plate from the Mirador Basin, northern Petén (Guatemala) or southern Campeche (Mexico), ca. 680–750 CE. Slipped ceramic, diam. 32 cm (12 5/8 in.). Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1993.565. Photograph by Justin Kerr, K1892. In ancient Mesoamerica, images often directly responded to the forms, materials, or functions of their supports, or otherwise implicated their physical and social…

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September 2021

PCSNY September 13 Lecture- Jesper Nielsen

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 East 78th Street
New York, New York 10075
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Free

Connecting the Dots: Teotihuacan's Imperial Presence in Early Classic Mesoamerica, c A.D. 350-550 Jesper Nielsen  Associate Professor and Head of Studies, Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen One of the striding Teotihuacan warriors represented in the polychromatic murals from the site of El Rosario (Queretaro). The mural program has fundamentally changed our view on Teotihuacan’s imperial expansion to the north (photo © Proyecto Arqueológico El Rosario). In this talk, I discuss current knowledge of what may…

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October 2021

PCSNY October 12 Lecture–Kim Richter

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Fine Arts–NYU, 1 E. 78th Street
New York, United States
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Gobernantes de piedra: A Reinterpretation of Postclassic Huastec Sculptures Kim Richter, Senior Research Specialist, Getty Research Institute Female stone sculpture found in the community of Hidalgo Amajac, in the municipality of Álamo Temapache, Veracruz, on New Year’s Day. Photo courtesy of María Eugenia Maldonado Vite. Abstract: The year 2021 began with surprising archaeological news—a welcome distraction from the doom and gloom of the pandemic: a spectacular Huastec sculpture had been found in the community of Hidalgo Amajac, in the municipality…

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