Exhibition – Beauty in the Ancient Americas: Pre-Columbian Aesthetics
Beauty in the Ancient Americas: Pre-Columbian Aesthetics
Highlighting a distinctly “Pre-Columbian” aesthetic, this exhibit will bring together and display objects and artifacts from such disparate regions as Northwestern Mexico to the plains of Peru. Pieces from a diverse background of cultures, regions, and periods will showcase the profound beauty and creativity expressed by artists in the American continents before the arrival of European tastes and influences. This show aims to present an alternative to the traditional eastern vs. western aesthetic. A design sensibility that is at once primal and raw, yet exotic and refined… the Pre-Columbian cosmological and aesthetic program is one of dynamic vision and mysterious power.
Catalogued, presented, and displayed by four major media groups Pre-Columbian artisans utilized most: Jade, gold, terra-cotta, and stone… this exhibition aims to compare and contrast different regions, periods, and cultures through the lens of technique, form, and function. Though Pre-Columbian artists were often separated by both thousands of miles and thousands of years, there is a concrete and distinct aesthetic tradition much like that found in the great civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Despite the fact that each civilization or culture contributed it’s own unique style, pulse, and vision to the overall tradition there is undoubtedly a common foundation and fundamental unity to be found through the whole of Pre-Columbian artistic expression. Individual forms, styles, and characteristics are astonishing in their diversity yet extraordinary in their underlying interconnectivity.
It is a tradition steeped in a boundless dedication to the sacred; to omnipotent Gods and goddesses, ruling lords and kings, great beings of power and providence. As a whole it sought to connect the divine cosmos with the natural world and the ruling authority in a manner that expressed and reassured universal balance and harmony. A dynamic compression of the collective ideal, this art form, through it’s myriad authors and expressions, portrays a coherent and cohesive aesthetic and symbolic interpretation of the universe; a sense of beauty and order to be shared not only among the contemporary community then but discovered, digested, and enjoyed by a modern audience now.
Saturday September 30th, 6pm-9pm
Ongoing through January 2018
Barakat Gallery LCDQ
941 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood CA 90069
The first 100 patrons in attendance will receive a complimentary catalogue of the exhibit. To RSVP please click HERE