Talk: Symposium—Ancient Panama: Burials, Ceramics, and a Closed National Museum

2 pm | Sat, February 10, 2018
Brown Auditorium

Ancient Panama has been largely overlooked, despite the fact that some of the most elaborate painted ceramics and intricate goldworks of all of the ancient Americas were created there. Determined archaeologists, scholars, and museum curators are trying to change this. This symposium complements the exhibition now on view at LACMA: Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos, and discusses the importance of archaeological findings, the complexities of identifying animals in ancient iconography, and the ongoing efforts of trying to re-open the Panamanian National Museum.

Speaker list: 

On behalf of Dr. Richard Cooke, Nicole Smith-Guzman of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will be presenting, Panama: Animals and Art in Precolumbian Panama

Dr. Luis Alberto Sánchez Herrera, Departamento de Antropología e Historia, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica: “Imaginería y Reinvención Estilística en el Gran Coclé, Panamá Central

Dr. Orlando Hernandez, director de museos del Instituto Nacional de Cultura, Panamá"In the belly of the beast": The engineering of MARTA (Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Arauz) while working in the National Institute of Culture, Panama.

LACMA | Brown Auditorium

Free and open to the public.
Note: Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
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