March 28, 2013 – 6:30 pm

Lecture: “The Mysteries of the Ancient Maya Civilization and the Apogee of Art in the Americas”

Frist Center Auditorium ~ Gallery admission required; members free

  • Llama Effigy, Chancay, Central Coast, Peru, Late Intermediate Period, 1000–1470 CE, earthenware, slip paint, 8 1/4 x 15 7/8 x 6 1/4 in., The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, gift of John Bourne, 2009 (2009.20.49), Photo © The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Presented by Dr. Arthur Demarest, Vanderbilt University Ingram Professor, Anthropology; director, Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology (VIMA); general editor, VIMA Monographs in Archaeology

Dr. Arthur Demarest, an anthropologist and archaeologist, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Olmec and Maya cultures that are represented in the exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection. Demarest’s work is reshaping ideas about the ancient, advanced, but long-lost Maya society. He is a Department of Anthropology project director in Central America and has spent much of that time excavating the ancient Maya port city of Cancuén. Join Professor Demarest as he discusses his interests in Pre-Columbian religion and ritual and the collapse of civilizations.

This program is presented in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Vanderbilt University.

Seating is first come, first seated

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