mixtec-codex

On January 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm in Lebus Court 113 (145 E. Bonita Avenue), Dr. John Pohl (Department of Art History, UCLA) will present his work on two forthcoming exhibitions for the Getty Villa and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  The first, entitled “The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire,” considers one of history’s most momentous confrontations, an encounter between two empires, Spanish and Aztec.  It will feature major works of Aztec sculpture from the collections of Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology and the Museo Templo Mayor, together with the Florentine Codex composed by Friar Bernardino de Sahagun, the first time this work has returned to North America in over four centuries.  The second exhibition, entitled “Children of the Plumed Serpent: Art and Ritual of Mexico’s Late Antiquity,” will open in 2011 at LACMA.  It will explore the richness and complexity of a significant, but to date unacknowledged, period of artisitic and cultural development that took place between A.D. 1200 and 1600 in southern Mexico, as well as offer an enhanced understanding of the region’s indigenous peoples, the Nahuas, the Mixtecs, and the Zapotecs, among others, and their use of art as an agent for negotiation and adaptation that has insured their cultural survival through the contemporary era.