Mexico: History, Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Contemporary Arts
6 credits (HAVC-W135/HPSS-W235)
This travel course to Mexico is designed to introduce students to the history and the arts of the country from pre-Columbian time to the contemporary arts context. The travel will include over a week in Mexico City where we will explore both the Museum of Anthropology, known for its extensive collection of pre- and post Columbian art and its overview of contemporary indigenous regional crafts. We will have the opportunity to visit Bellas Artes, the city's largest art museum that includes colonial and post colonial works, and featuring sample murals from the most renown muralists. Several other visits will highlight architectural sites of interest such as the Chapingo Chapel (Rivera), Frida Kahlo's house, and the Aztec site of Teotihuacan. We will then spend three days in Puebla, famous for its architectural ceramics work; Oaxaca, famous for its surrounding textile villages, its Zapotec archaeological site of Monte Alban, and a bustling center of contemporary art. Tehuantepec is next, also known for its textile production and its important market places, and a gateway to the Pacific coast.
Permission of Instructor required. Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies.
2019WS Estimated Travel Cost: $3,020.00 - airfare not included. Updated costs will be available in October prior to the travel semester.