News for Thursday, May 6, 2010
Online Exhibits Launched: “Indians 4 Sale: Using Culture as a Commodity” and “Winklil: The Human Body in Ancient Mayan Art”
|Rain God (3-D)||Human head (3-D)|
|SAR Staff Viewing 3-D||Kendall Tallmadge|
|Dominic Henry||Kendall Tallmadge, Native Intern|
2009–2010 IARC interns recently curated two online exhibitions on tourism and commodification and ancient Mayan figures.
Curated by Kendall Tallmadge
Native American participation in the tourist industry extends over 100 years. The purpose of this exhibit is to introduce you to two different regions of Native America and provide an overview of the ways in which various tribes capitalized on or were affected by tourist presence. In the American Southwest, much of the tourism focuses on traditional arts and crafts, creating a strong artisan presence that continues in the area today. In Wisconsin, the non-reservation Ho-Chunk participated mainly in live cultural displays and interactions. Both regions continue to participate in some form of tourism to this day.
Curated by Dominic Henry
Winklil is the Yucatec Maya word for body. For this exhibit, winklil will be used to reference the human body and will be a means of exploring the rich and complex world of Mayan art. As you journey through this environment, segments of the culture will be represented by art displaying winklil aesthetics. Moreover, you will see that each discussion references a part of the winklil in the Yucatec Maya language.
The human body was a common motif used by Mayan artists in wide range of media and techniques. Examples of this skill can be found on three-dimensional figurines and architecture. Artists created sculptures formed by bare hands using clay or molds. On buildings, human forms were crafted from stucco and limestone using tools. Originally painted, these forms now appear largely unpainted due to natural wear.
Ancient Maya art from the island of Jaina and other parts of Mesoamerica are presented in this exhibit. References to native cultures of the Southwest and the Andes are also acknowledged by pieces depicting human body aesthetics, adding to the scope of this broad and captivating topic.