Art of the Ancient Americas

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Art of the Ancient Americas

Art of the Americas Building, Level 4: Artworks on view

A rich array of objects from the major civilizations of ancient Mexico constitute the heart of the collection. Recently reinstalled in bold new galleries designed by the contemporary artist Jorge Pardo, the collection features ceramic funerary offerings from the West Mexican states of Nayarit, Colima, and Jalisco, exquisite jade figures produced by Olmec artists on the Gulf Coast, and textiles and ceramics from the ancient kingdoms of Peru.

Mexico, Jalisco

Drinking Vessel
Mexico, Southern Campeche, Maya
c. 600–800
Standing Male Figure
Mexico, Campeche, Jaina, Maya
c. 600–800
Vessel
Mexico, Nayarit
c. 1350–1500
Vessel with Hummingbird Rattle
Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec
1300–1500

The Director's Series: Michael Govan and Jorge Pardo

LACMA Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan in conversation with contemporary artist Jorge Pardo where they discuss his installation of LACMA's pre-Columbian collection and future plans with LACMA.

A Tour with the Director

. . . As we left the Director’s Lounge and headed up to our first stop at the pre-Columbian galleries, the relationship between, and relevance to, ancient art and the future was immediately clear in Jorge Pardo’s installation design for the Art of the Ancient Americas galleries....

Taking a Break with Otherworldly Toad, Jaguar, and Serpent

I am fortunate to work directly below the galleries in the Art of the Americas Building at LACMA. In rare instances of downtime (or even when I just need a little break), I climb the stairs to the fourth floor, home of our permanent collection of Latin American art. These galleries never get old to me because they contain an astonishing range of art in terms of both time and space...

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