Dr. Joanne Pillsbury presents, 'Palace into Temple: Architecture at Chan Chan, Peru'

Sacred Space: 2016-2017 Department of Art History Speaker Series

Date & Time:

Friday, April 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium

Please join us as Dr. Joanne Pillsbury, Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art, presents ‘Palace into Temple: Architecture at Chan Chan, Peru.’

The city of Chan Chan, located on Peru’s north coast, was one of the largest pre-Hispanic cities in the New World. Capital of the empire of Chimor, it was the seat of one of the largest and most complex states of the Andean region prior to the rise of the Inca in the fifteenth century. At the core of the city are ten monumental structures richly ornamented with adobe reliefs. The study of these compounds presents us with distinct challenges, but also great opportunities for examining how some of the most spectacular buildings of the ancient Americas were conceived of and used over time.

Joanne Pillsbury is the Pearson Curator of Ancient American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute, and prior to that, director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, she has also taught at the University of Maryland and the University of East Anglia.  She has been the editor, co-editor, or author of numerous books and articles on ancient American art and architecture, and the history of archaeology and collecting. 

Adobe wall, Chan Chan, Peru, Photograph by Charles Lummis (1893), Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles (P.31810)

Special thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America, Minnesota Society for their support.‌

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