Pre-Columbian Art in the Fleming Museum Collection
January 15 - July 3, 2002
The Fleming Museum is pleased to present a selection of objects from the Museumís
collection of Pre-Columbian art from Mexico, Central America, and the Andean regions
of Peru. These works are principally ceramics ranging from tiny figurines to elegant
jars and bowls and striking human and animal effigies. Also included are ceremonial
carvings in stone. The objects span nearly 3000 years, up to the Spanish conquests of
Mexico in 1519 and Peru in 1533.
The Museum acquired the pieces through the generosity of numerous donors. The
collection will be supplemented with several outstanding works on loan. A speial
case will display ancient Peruvian textiles, one of which may be familiar to regular
Museum visitors from the recent Andean textile show, Weaving the Patterns of the Land.
Here they are shown with works of art in a variety of media, from Peru and other ancient
South American civilizations.
This exhibition is guest curated by Burlington resident, Philippa Shaplin.
She is a widely known and respected museum lecturer and Professor Emerita, Tufts
University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She will speak about this special
exhibition at a Lunchtime Talk entitled South of the Border: The Origins of Pre-Columbian
Art in the Fleming Museum Collection. March 27, 12:15 pm.