Pre-Columbian art in Los Angeles

I wasn’t expecting to see two exhibitions of Pre-Columbian art in Los Angeles, though given the sizeable Spanish speaking population perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise. At the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Los Angeles County Museum of Art were some wonderful ceramics and sculptures from the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan civilisations.

The first surprise was at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, which was mostly filled with stuff animals and dinosaur bones, but the ‘Visible Vault: Archaeological Treasures From Ancient Latin America’ exhibition displayed Aztec, Mayan, and Incan artefacts. Many were effectively in storage with white unbleached cotton straps holding them.

Visited later that day Los Angeles County Museum of Art had a sizeable exhibition ‘City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan’, dedicated to the huge former capital of the Aztec civilisation, located not far from Mexico City.

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