Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection

March 1, 2013 - June 23, 2013
Event By: Frist Center for the Visual Arts Address: 919 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Email: mcarrigan@fristcenter.org Phone: (615) 744-3351
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Assembled from the John Bourne collection of art of the ancient Americas at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, this exhibition features 125 artworks from Mexico to Peru. Organized thematically by culture, the artworks present more than 2,500 years of creativity in Mezoamerica, Central America and Andean South America from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1520. The exhibition features artworks as illustrations of the societies’ fundamental principles such as the shamanic foundation of rulership in Mesoamerica, Costa Rica and Panama, and the cosmic principles embodied by gold and silver in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Other artworks, from elaborate musical instruments to portrayals of dancers, explore the importance of performance in politics and religion throughout the ancient Americas. This exhibition was organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.