Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 26, 2017

BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates

BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates
  • September 22, 2017 6:00 PM To December 9, 2017 5:00 PM

In a site-specific installation commissioned by the Visual Arts Center, Larry Bamburg, the Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence, pursues a process of making that is determined by an arbitrary set of rules to build a structure as tall as possible using a collection of like materials: burls, hooves and shells.

Admission: N/A

Visual Arts Center

Fool's Romance / Books from Aeromoto

Fool's Romance / Books from Aeromoto
  • September 22, 2017 6:00 PM To December 9, 2017 5:00 PM

This exhibition presents over 300 artists' books from Mexico City-based non-profit art library Aeromoto in a setting made conducive to perusal and discovery by greenery, couches, and hammocks.

Admission: N/A

Visual Arts Center

Type Hike

Type Hike
  • October 5, 2017 5:00 PM To January 27, 2018 7:00 PM

The Courtyard Gallery presents an exhibition of posters designed by Type Hike: a collaborative nonprofit design project that supports the outdoors through typography.

Admission: N/A

Courtyard Gallery

Conflicting Economic and Sacred Values in Aztec Culture

Conflicting Economic and Sacred Values in Aztec Culture
  • October 26, 2017 4:00 PM

In Aztec society jade, tropical feathers, gold, and turquoise, were prized for reasons that involved competing notions of “moral economy,” according to Igor Kopytoff’s definition of the term. For the Aztecs, these materials and objects made from them were valued both for their inherent sacred powers in traditional ideology, and for their powers as objects of wealth and prestige in a rapidly growing commercial economy. A reexamination of Aztec myths and tales reveals the state’s official stance—that sacred powers took priority and that only members of the high nobility were prepared by birth and training to manipulate these powers.  This, of course was a hard sell to other groups in Aztec society, and the official justifications, which are addressed to these others as well as the nobility, involve complex arguments, sometimes disingenuous, aimed at maintaining a type of status quo.

Admission: N/A

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