Exhibition at the Getty Research Institute Refracts Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology


LOS ANGELES, CA.- Celebrating the bicentennial of Mexican independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, Obsidian Mirror-Travels: Refracting Ancient Mexican Art and Archaeology on view at the Getty Research Institute from November 16, 2010 through March 27, 2011, presents highlights from the GRI’s strong collection of visual materials that explore representations of Mexican archaeological objects and sites from the Colonial era to the present. Through objects created over the past 500 years, the exhibition investigates historical dialogues among explorers, archaeologists and artists, and examines how Mexican antiquities have been viewed by the world and by the people of Mexico. The exhibition of more than 70 objects features images of ancient Maya and Aztec ruins by archaeologist-explorers such as John Lloyd Stephens and Désiré