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Mesoamerican Symposium 2017 at Cal State LA

Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:00AM to 7:00PM




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Cal State LA's Art History Society, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presents the 2017 Mesoamerican Symposium titled "The Foundation of Heaven: The Great Temple of the Aztecs." The symposium will feature leading scholars in the field, as well as an inaugural exhibit of antique books of Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico.

The two-day conference will take place on Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, and on Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Cal State LA's Golden Eagle Ballroom.

The symposium is dedicated to the life and work of Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, a prominent Mexican archaeologist. Matos Moctezuma is recognized for his work directing the massive, multidisciplinary Templo Mayor Project (1978–2001). The project was to excavate the Great Aztec Temple of the island capital of Tenochtitlan, next to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Zócalo, Mexico City's famous central plaza. He also conducted field work in such revered places as Tula, Comalcalco, Cholula, Teotihuacan, and Tlatelolco. Matos Moctezuma has published more than 500 articles, exhibition catalogues, and monographs.

Event speakers include Elizabeth Boone, of Tulane University; David Carrasco, of the Harvard Divinity School; John D. Pohl, of the Anthropology Department at Cal State LA; Karl Taube, of the University of California, Riverside; Diana Magaloni, of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Alfredo Lopez Austin and Teresa Uriarte, of the National University of Mexico; Leonardo Lopez Lujan, Laura Filloy Nadal, Ximena Chavez and Raul Barrera, of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH); Barbara Mundy, of Fordham University; Frances Berdan, of Cal State San Bernardino; Elizabeth Baquedano, of University College London, and Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, of Cal State LA.

The symposium will culminate on April 22 at 5 p.m. in the University Library with a special exhibit of antique books, entitled "Transcultural Dialogues: The Books of Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico." This exhibit will showcase the Ruwet, Glass and Nicholson collections of Cal State LA that are an integral part of a proposed center for the advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. The collections of books from the 17th to the 21st Centuries, include most of the facsimiles of Mesoamerican Codices and historical chronicles of Colonial Mexico. This makes Cal State LA's library one of the top repositories in the world in the fields of Pre-Columbian and Colonial History of the American Continent. The exhibit is curated by Aguilar-Moreno, along with Azalea Camacho and Angelene Campuzano.

Cal State LA is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure C.

Sponsored by: Cal State LA's Art History Society and Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Category Conference
When Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:00AM to 7:00PM
Where Cal State LA Golden Eagle Ballroom
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Contact (818) 926-7635
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