Exhibiting Art of the Ancient Americas: A Candid Look

2018-2019 Department of Art History Speaker Series

Date & Time:

Friday, March 1, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Auditorium

This talk will reveal some of the challenges and prospects of developing exhibitions of indigenous art of the Americas in the 21st century. Dr. Bryan R. Just will consider three exhibitions he has worked on over the past decade: Gifts from the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories of Bering Strait (2009); Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik’ Kingdom (2012), and Worlds Within: Mimbres Pottery of the Ancient Southwest (forthcoming, 2019). Each project was complicated by issues of patrimony, ‘looting,’ and the ethics of display, but in rather different ways particular to the original context of the subject material and the circumstances of its reemergence from the ground.

Juan Lucero (Isleta Pueblo) will provide a brief overview of the Pueblo connection to Mimbres pottery. He will also consider how the cultural context of these objects presents new responsibilities for institutional collections. He will speak to how Pueblo people, in particular, have worked with institutions to develop protocols for ethical collecting practices.

Bryan R. Just specializes in ancient Maya art history and hieroglyphic writing. His curatorial responsibilities at the Princeton University Art Museum, however, encompass the entirety of the indigenous Americas, spanning some 5,000 years and artistic production from the southern cone of South America to the Bering Strait. 

Juan Lucero (Isleta Pueblo) is a graduate of the Museum Studies program from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Juan is currently a member of the Registration Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He has worked in the arts field for more than 15 years and has spent 8 years working directly with native arts and artists. 

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