Spring 2023 Art History GR8734 section 001

Art of the Vessel: Maya and Moche

Art of the Vessel

Call Number 13415
Day & Time
T 10:10am-12:00pm
934 Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Lisa Trever
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Vessels bear functional and metaphorical meanings in nearly every culture and society. But situated meanings and social uses of vessels and containers vary as widely as their physical forms and decorative programs range. In this seminar, we will investigate traditions from two preeminent ancient American cultural settings: Maya—in southern Mexico and northern Central America—and Moche—on the north coast of Peru. Despite their contemporaneity during the first millennium CE, and some parallel aspects of their ceramic art traditions, Maya and Moche communities were not in direct contact with each other. The histories and environments of each area are so different, one from the other, that the kinds of research questions and interpretive methods that can be applied to each set of traditions are often inherently divergent. Comparative attention to these works can reveal much about their makers’ worlds and their artistic practices and ideals, as well as modern histories of these works have been regarded, collected, displayed, problematized, and reclaimed. Each student in this research-focused seminar will produce an original essay that makes use of online collections and/or museum collections in the New York area.

Web Site Vergil
Department Art History and Archaeology
Enrollment 6 students (12 max) as of 5:07PM Saturday, December 2, 2023
Subject Art History
Number GR8734
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note APPLY BY 5PM JAN. 5: https://forms.gle/9cC9pMDhLvMi46Fv5
Section key 20231AHIS8734G001