Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 1:30pm2:45pm.
Hamilton Building - Lower Level
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Animate Architecture in the Yucatán Peninsula

with Dr. Meghan Rubenstein

Ancient Maya art offers a window into a world imbued with supernatural forces, a place where rulers interacted with gods and mountains were anthropomorphic beings. The blurring between the natural and supernatural realms is also reflected in the built environment, where structures could be living things.

This lecture explores the concept of animate architecture using examples from the Puuc, Chenes, and Río Bec regions in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. A particular focus will be the sculpted masks and serpent imagery prevalent during the Late and Terminal Classic periods (c. 600-950 CE).

This talk also will consider the relationship between monumental buildings and the performance of rulership, which capitalized on the animate nature of these structures.

Doors open at 1 pm.

Free for Alianza members and students with ID; $5 DAM members; $10 others. Tickets available at the door.