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.
Meghan Rubenstein is an art historian who specializes in the ancient Americas. Since 2010, her research has focused on Maya art and architecture in the Yucatán peninsula where she has worked as an excavator, archaeological illustrator, and iconographer. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute, an M.A. in the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the pre-Columbian Americas from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in pre-Columbian art from the University of Texas at Austin. Meghan is the Curator of Visual Resources at Colorado College where she also teaches courses on the ancient Americas.
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.
Image: Detail of the eastern facade of the Codz Pop showing the "King of Kabah," Kabah, Yucatán. Photo by Meghan Rubenstein.