This course introduces the arts of Mesoamerica and Mexico from 1200 B.C.E. to the present. Architecture, sculpture, pottery, and painting of the pre-Columbian and Colonial periods are examined with their ritual functions in mind, focusing on the political and religious contexts of the works. Style is analyzed throughout the course as a product of cultural intersection and transmission, reflecting ongoing adaptation and assimilation rather than the hegemonic expression of one particular culture. Readings and discussions of the 16th and 19th centuries include the reception of 'New World' images and objects by European and North American audiences, investigating the power of art to create, confirm, or reject views of other cultures.
Prerequisites: Second year standing or above.