Wednesday, June 13, 2018

LACMA Extra Credit

This past weekend, I visited LACMA's exhibition City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan. The ancient central Mexican city of Teotihuacan was the urban center of the Americas in the first millennium, and accordingly a vibrant artistic capital. Recently, archaeological projects have uncovered relics from Teotihuacan's three main pyramids and some residential areas, which fundamentally changed historians' understanding of the city's history.

Walking around the exhibit, I saw many artifacts, such as bowls, statues, vessels, shells and more. These art pieces "provided guides for people as they navigated the city's streets and managed natural resources." I found walking around the exhibition to be reminiscent of the scene in Black Panther, where Killmonger is indignant as his ancestor's art being locked up in a colonizer's museum before staging a heist to steal the artifacts back. Not to be the "there should be a Latinx superhero" girl, but if there were, I could see myself doing research for the costume design for him/her at this exhibition.

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