Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk
Aztec calendar stone from the Valley of Mexico, Morelos State, Mexico, Post-Classic Period. YPM catalog no. ANT.019231
Ceramic mold-made female figurine, seated. Maya. Jaina Island, Yucatan, Late Classic Period.

One Hundred Years of Peabody's Mexico Collections

Mary Miller

Sterling Professor of Art, History of Art

Senior Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage


Thursday, April 19, 4:00 pm

David Friend Hall


How did Americans begin to learn about the deep past of Mexico and Central America? In the 19th century, books and magazines told much of the story, from John Lloyd Stephens’ Incidents of Travel and William Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico to articles in the North American Review. Around the same time, a handful of institutions, among them the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History, and including Yale’s Peabody Museum, became home to important pre-hispanic objects from Mexico. In the 20th century, important artists turned to pre-hispanic objects; Josef and Anni Albers collected 100s of works that they donated to the Peabody Museum. In this talk, we will look at the history of the Peabody’s pre-hispanic collections and their engaging donors.


Refreshments to follow. Free admission.