11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Ellen Hoobler, Assistant Professor of Art History, will give this block's Humanities and Arts Interest Group lecture. Her talk is titled "Turning Gold into Paper: The Ephemeral lure of the Jewels of Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico." Dr. Hoobler writes, "The “Jewels of Monte Albán,” also known as the “Jewels of Tomb 7” or the “Monte Albán Treasure,” was a trove of objects found in 1932 in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, that were referred to at the time as an “American Tutankhamun,” “the richest archaeological find in America,”(Nat geo) and “the first time that jewelry and works of art of high intrinsic value have ever been found in a burial chamber of early American origin.” And yet few of us have probably even ever heard of them. I will argue that this is because the struggles over their literal and symbolic ownership in the 1930s led to their being withdrawn from international circulation and erased them from the popular imagination. The title of my talk refers to the many paper mediations of the jewels – in the media, in commerce, in art -- that were made in the 1930s, and continue to be made today. While these jewels once circulated materially – and frequently, as we will soon see – today they circulate only in the form of currency, as one of the “jewels” is shown on the Mexican 20-peso note, with a backdrop of the site of Monte Albán itself." Contact: Rebecca Wines