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Unseen Art: Memory, Vision, and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica
Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago

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Aztec Art and the Fragility of Empire (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Aztec Art and the Fragility of Empire
Abstract: Aztec art drew on the Mesoamerican past, citing works from the ancient cities of Teotihuacan and Tula to lend authority and legitimacy to the new empire. But this engagement with the past also provoked reflection on the inevitable end of empire and the cyclicality of time, themes that resonate as the five hundredth anniversary of the Spanish invasion of Mexico unfolds this year.
Author: Claudia Brittenham
Date: 10/21/1029
Location: Art Institute of Chicago

Imagining a Future Past: Unseen art and Aztec archaism (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Imagining a Future Past: Unseen art and Aztec archaism
Abstract: Many Aztec sculptures were carved on all available surfaces, including their undersides, such that some carvings would be concealed when the sculpture was set in place. This practice raises questions about the meaning of Aztec image-making, the audiences for such concealed works, and how disciplines like art history should incorporate conditions of visibility into the study of ancient objects. Most of the genres of Aztec art with carving on their undersides were archaizing, citing the sculptural traditions of cities like Teotihuacan and Tula, which had been abandoned centuries earlier. In this talk, I consider the links between the Aztec experience of the past and the questions about the visibility of ancient sculpture.
Author: Claudia Brittenham
Date: 9/19/2019
Location: Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Cornell University