flierr The Foundation of Heaven: The Great Temple of the Aztecs 

A Symposium in Homage to Eduardo Matos Moctezuma 
Presented by the Art History Society of California State University, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma was born in 1940 in Mexico City; he graduated as an archaeologist from theEscuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH, the National School of Anthropology and History) and obtained his Master and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropological Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Matos Moctezuma has conducted field work in such revered places as Tula, Comalcalco, Cholula, Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Tenochtitlan and various others. He served as a professor in ENAH for over 30 years. He has over 500 works in print as articles, reviews, catalogues, guides, books. Among his most acclaimed works are Muerte a Filo de Obsidiana with 8 editions,Vida y Muerte en el Templo Mayor (Life and Death in the Templo Mayor), Los Aztecas (Aztecs), Las piedras negadas: De la Coatlicue al Templo Mayor (Lecturas mexicanas) to name, but a few. Matos Moctezuma has presented in over 1,000 conferences both nationally and internationally. He has been bestowed with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and given the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France; awarded the Henry B. Nicholson Medal by Harvard University and an honorary doctorate in science by the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a member of the German Archaeological Institute, Colegio Nacional (Academy of Sciences of Mexico), and the Mexican Academy of History. He is an Emeritus Researcher at Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), and was awarded the National Science and Arts Prize in 2007. In 2009 he was recognized by the foundation “Mexico Unido en Sus Valores Culturales.” In this 2017 symposium, he will be bestowed the Tlamatini Award by Cal State LA.

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Symposium Gallery 2017


2015symo In The Realm of The Vision Serpent

Decipherments and Discoveries in Mesoamerica
A Symposium in Homage to, Dr. Linda Schele

Presented by The Art History Society of California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Linda Schele was a pioneer in the decipherment of the Maya Hieroglyphic Writing and an extraordinary professor of Maya and Mesoamerican Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She was a very influential and passionate professor that mentored her students to excellence and inspired them to discover and interpret the diverse aspects of the Mesoamerican World with a critical approach. Many of them are today among the leaders in the field of Mesoamerican Studies. Mentored by Merle Greene Robertson, Schele worked with Peter Mathews and Floyd Lounsbury to decipher a major section of the list of Palenque kings, presenting her work in the 1973 conference Mesa Redonda de Palenque, organized by Robertson. Her work stimulated several later discoveries, by herself and others. Schele became a Fellow in pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. in 1975. She focused on the study of word ordering in Mayan inscriptions for the next two years there. She produced a massive volume of drawings of stelae and inscriptions, which, following her wishes, are free for use to scholars. In 1977, she founded the annual Maya Meetings at the University of Texas at Austin, which became one of the most important forums in the world for the study of Mesoamerican cultures and the Maya hieroglyphic writing.

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Symposium Gallery 2015



2014symp Empires of The Sun

Culture and Power in Mesoamerica
A Symposium in Homage to Dr. Patricia R. Anawalt
Presented by The Art History Society of California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Patricia R. Anawalt is Director Emerita and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Regional Dress located at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Center for the Study of Regional Dress is an endowed research facility, which opened June 6, 1993. Among the center’s various aims is understanding the role of dress in defining social, religious and political identities. Dr. Anawalt is a specialist in the history of ethnographic clothing and textiles and is a world renowned authority on Mesoamerican ritual and quotidian attire as well as worldwide regional dress. Dr. Anawalt earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D at the University of California, Los Angeles in the field of archaeology.

Dr. Anawalt is also well-known for her publications relating to Mesoamerican codices. Her research in this field cumulated with her publication on the interpretative reading of the Codex Mendoza, the written record of the Mexica from 1325 through 1521 that includes the founding years of Tenochtitlan. It is considered the authoritative work on this codex. In 1994, Dr. Anawalt received the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award for her publication (with coauthor Frances Berdan), The Codex Mendoza. For the 1996-97 academic year Patricia Anawalt served as the AIA's Charles Eliot Norton Memorial lecturer. She has been a member of the AIA governing board and has served on many AIA committees.

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A 2-Day Symposium in Homage to Michael D. Coe

Presented by The Art History Society of California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Michael D. Coe is Charles J. McCurdy Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Yale University. His research interests focus on the pre-Spanish civilizations of Mesoamerica, especially the Olmec and Maya; and on the Khmer civilization of Cambodia. He has also conducted archaeological excavations on forts of the French and Indian War in Massachusetts.  Among his 20 published books are Mexico (1962, with 4 subsequent editions, two co-authored with Rex Koontz); The Maya (1966, with 7 subsequent editions); The Maya Scribe and His World (1973); Lords of the Underworld (1978); In the Land of the Olmec (1980, with Richard A. Diehl); Breaking the Maya Code (1992); The True History of Chocolate (1996, with Sophie D. Coe); The Art of the Maya Scribe (1997, with Justin Kerr); Reading the Maya Glyphs (2001, with Mark Van Stone); Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (2003); Final Report: An Archaeologist Excavates His Past (2006); The Line of Forts, Historical Archaeology on the Frontier of Massachusetts (2006). His newest book is Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya, (2012, with photographer Barry Brukoff). He has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1986. He has been given the Tatiana Proskouriakoff Award by Harvard University (1989); the James D. Burke Prize in Fine Arts, Saint Louis Art Museum (2001); the Order of the Quetzal, Government of Guatemala (2004); the Orden del Pop, Museo Popol Vuh (2006); and the Linda Schele Award, University of Texas (2008). On April 13, 2013 he will be presented the Tlamatini Award by the Art History Society in conjunction with the Department of Art History at CSULA.

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Symposium Gallery 2013




Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan 
Cultural Continuity In Central Mexico

2-Day Symposium in Homage to Alfredo López Austin
Presented by The Art History Society of California State University, Los Angeles

Alfredo López Austin was already an established attorney in his hometown of Ciudad Juarez, México before earning his doctorate in history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In time he quickly earned a reputation as a brilliant scholar in the fields of Mesoamerican mythology, iconography, cosmology and ritual. His emphasis is on the Nahua civilization. Today, he is a professor of Mesoamerican Cosmology at UNAM’s Facultad de Filosofía y Letras and an Emeritus Researcher at UNAM’s Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas.

Among his various recognitions, López Austin received the Iichiko Prize for Cultural Study in 1993 from the Institute for Intercultural & Transdisciplinary Studies in Tokyo, Japan. In 1993 he also earned the Premio Universidad Nacional de Mexico for Research in Social Sciences. In 2007 he received recognition in Perugia, Italy during the 29th International Congress of Americanism for his lifetime achievements. In 2008 López Austin was awarded a medal and certificate by the Senate of the University of Warsaw for his contributions in expanding the knowledge of Pre‐ Columbian cultures. More recently in 2011 during the Maya Meetings in Austin, Texas, López Austin received the Linda Schele Award. In this 2012 Mesoamerican symposium, the Department of Art of California State University, Los Angeles in conjunction with The Art History Society of CSULA is presenting the Tlamatini Award to Alfredo López Austin for his lifetime achievements in the field of Mesoamerican Studies.

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Symposium Gallery 2012