1/19/18 - 8/31/18

Antonia Foias, Chair and Professor of Anthropology

Pre-Columbian civilizations in Central America used the human body as a prism for understanding and depicting the supernatural. Artworks from the era portray a human head emerging from the jaws of a monster, the transformation of bodies into divine beings, and passage into the afterlife. Objects from five Mesoamerican civilizations—Maya, Teotihuacán, Nayarit, Zapotec, and Aztec—explore the spiritual and the sacred, plumbing the mutable line between humans, gods, and animals.

The Seeds of Divinity is curated by Antonia Foias, Chair and Professor of Anthropology. This past fall students in Anthropology 281 collaborated on the interpretation and display of the objects.

Student Audio Tours

Installation view of The Seeds of Divinity.

Audio tour by Anna Goldelman ’19, Michaela Smith ’20, and Li Yu ’20. Photo by Nick Meyer.

Installation view of The Seeds of Divinity.

Audio tour by Kendall Allen ’20 and Mia Herring-Sampong ’20. Photo by Nick Meyer.

Installation view of The Seeds of Divinity.

Audio tour by Sofia Barandiaran ’20 and Wilson Lam ’21. Photo by Nick Meyer.

Audio tour by Jenks Hehmeyer ’20 and Hadley DesMeules. Photo by Nick Meyer.

Audio tour by Justin Sardo ’18. Photos by Nick Meyer.

Audio tour by Katelyn Long ’19 and Robert Rock ’20. Photo by Nick Meyer.

Selected Works