Exploring Mexico City's National Anthropology Museum with Christian Breed
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A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.
Join us for an exploration of the Aztec and Maya civilizations, through the lens of the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City. Our conversation will analyze a wide range of Aztec gods and their manifestations as stone statues, looking at specific symbols unique to each god. Examples of Mesoamerican writing systems, stone calendars, and death masks will open a door to their concepts of life, death, and time in these two cultures.
During our time together, we will enjoy an in-depth look at objects that reveal Aztec ritual sacrifices and religious festivals – in addition to sculptures taken from the mythic Mayan ball courts. Warrior culture, cosmology, and sport in Aztec and Mayan societies will be discussed. Additionally, the architecture and functions of nearby temples will also be reviewed in relation to the museum, as this is where so many of these objects originated.
Led by a Professor of Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York, this seminar is designed to inspire curiosity as well as future visits to Mexico City. Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of ancient Aztec and Mayan societies – and how their innovations laid the groundwork for modern Latin American cultures.
Christian Breed is a professor of Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, an MFA from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2017, and an Advanced Curatorial Certificate from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2017. He worked and exhibited in Italy from 2003-2012, and his work has been included in the exhibitions Wet Paint (curated by Harry Cooper) at the Workhouse Arts Center, Virginia (2017), Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition (2017), Premio Razzano, Museo del Arte Contemporanea del Sannio (2011), Apeiron (solo), Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea (2009), Biennale Giovani, Villa Reale, Monza (IT)(2009), and Premio Maretti, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Della Repubblica di San Marino (RSM) (2005). He is a recipient of the 2015 Kossak Travel Grant, and is co-curator of Copy Translate Repeat, from the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2018).