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July 2014 Lecture


Rethinking Rio Blanco Pottery: Production, Iconography, and Cultural Connections



This talk will reexamine the extant literature on the molded and modeled vessels from the La Mixtequilla region of Veracruz, critiquing the centrality often given to the ballgame in interpretations of their complex narrative scenes. The talk will also explore the relationships among contemporaneous mold/modeled ceramic traditions from Veracruz, the Pacific coast, and the Maya lowlands. Replication and its potential meanings will be explored.


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Date:    Friday, July 11, 2014  

Time:   Refreshments:            6:45 pm

              Meeting and lecture:    7:15 pm



Biography:  Bryan R. Just, PhD, is the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, curator and lecturer in Art of the Ancient Americas at the Princeton University Art Museum. His recent publications include Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik' Kingdom (2012), Printed Pictures of Maya Sculpture (2012), and Mysteries of the Maize God (2009). Dr. Just served at the in-house curator for the exhibition Gifts of the Ancestors: Ancient Ivories from the Bering Strait, co-curated by William Fitzhugh and Julie Hollowell (October 2009--January 2010) at Princeton. He also curated Dancing into Dreams: Maya Vase Painting of the Ik Kingdom (October 2012--February 2013), which was a finalist for the 2012 Association of Art Curators Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum. Dr. Just regularly teaches an introductory lecture course on the art of Mesoamerica and topical seminars on a variety of subjects including the Maya, the Olmec, and the American Southwest. Currently he is curating re-installation of the ancient Americas galleries at the Princeton University Museum that is scheduled to be completed in early 2015. He is also developing an exhibition on the art of Peru's first horizon (1000-1 BC), slated to open in 2017. 



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