ART 278/392 in Mexico
Course title and instructor
Pre-Columbian Mexico in the 21st Century World
Ellen Hoobler, art history professor
This class will explore, through the selection of a limited number of works of art and architecture, the rich artistic traditions of pre-Columbian Mexico. Although the course’s geographical and historical reach is large (spanning over 3,000 years of history and a broad swath of North America), the works that we will examine are selective rather than comprehensive, and certain recurring themes will be emphasized in class discussions.
Such themes include: Mesoamerican rulership and its representation; various cultures’ approaches to life and death and how they are reflected in art and material culture; Mesoamerican cities and urban planning; materials and “material meanings”; uses of technology in understanding the pre-Columbian world; collecting the pre-Columbian past; and continuities of pre-Columbian culture after 1521.
- Study Aztec civilization in Mexico City
- Day trips to nearby sites of Cacaxtla and Teotihuacan
- Fly to Palenque, one of the greatest Mayan cities
- Visit a variety of sites in the state of Oaxaca