Pre-Columbian Collection

New Permanent Gallery Installation
West Corridor

The Fleming Museum of Art has the finest collection of Pre-Columbian art in Vermont. This long-term installation brings together a selection of works from many of the key cultures of Mexico, Central America, and the Andean regions of Peru. The objects have been arranged thematically to demonstrate that these societies were involved in active cultural exchange and shared similar concerns and social practices, such as ensuring the fertility of the land, and the role of animals in the spiritual beliefs of their cultures. While these groupings attest to many ideological similarities, they also highlight the differences in aesthetics and technology found throughout the Pre-Columbian world. Comprised principally of ceramics, ranging from small figurines to elegant jars and striking human and animal effigies, the installation also includes stone carvings from Mesoamerica, metalwork, and outstanding examples of ancient Peruvian textiles. The objects span over 2,000 years, up to the Spanish conquests of Mexico in 1519 and Peru in 1533.

The content and interpretation of this installation was developed by Loren Teetelli, UVM '12 under the guidance of the Fleming Museum curatorial staff, and with the assistance of UVM Professor of Art History William Mierse. The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Fund, and a research support mini-grant from the University of Vermont.