Category: Pre-Columbian

Photo Diary: Visible storage at the Museo Larco in Lima.


An owl man figure. The museum’s director, Andrés Álvarez Calderón, who led us on an incredible tour of the collection, says that all ancient cultures conveyed the supernatural with hybrid human-bird figures or hybrid human-feline figures — and sometimes both traits at once.


The visible storage rooms contain thousands of pre-Columbian objects. We spent several hours in here just gandering at all of the awesomeness.


A figure of the dead, a symbol of the underworld.

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A rain god vessel, c. 1100-1400 from Mexico, in the Mixtec style, Middle Post Classic period (1200-1400). Part of the exhibit Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico, at LACMA. Opens Sunday, in the Fairfax District. (© Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas / Art Resource)

  • Fort Lauderdale: On the roster for the Girls’ Club ‘Chick Flick’ screenings: Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus and I Scream Therefore I Exist, both at Girls’ Club. This Saturday at 7pm, in downtown.
  • NYC: Donald Steele, The Queen and I, at Pocket Utopia (the gallery’s grand re-opening). Opens today at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
  • Plus: Get the rest of my New York picks over at Gallerina….

Photo Diary: Contested Visions at LACMA.


A clay sculpture of an Aztec warrior dating back to the 15th century — the first time this particular piece has been seen in the U.S.


Bring out yer dead: A detail from a painted screen depicts European notions about America, confused-looking unicorns and all. (The full screen is featured after the jump, below.)


A funerary cape crafted from the feathers of Amazonian birds, from 12-13th century Peru. Obtaining feathers, shells and materials from the furthest reaches of their empires was one of the ways that the Incas and Aztecs showed their power.

Because of various deadlines and lots of travel, we’re a little late getting up this photo essay of from LACMA’s exhibit Contested Visions, which explored the ways in which Spanish and indigenous cultures both faced off and fused in the period of colonial rule (from the 15th to the early 19th century). The show, unfortunately, has already come down, but thankfully we have this photo essay from a tour I attended with the show’s curator, Ilona Katzew. If you’re in Mexico City, expect this to land at the Museo de Historia at the Castillo de Chapultepec in July.

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