Art, Archaeology, and Archives: Pañamarca at Midcentury

Author(s): Lisa Trever

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The Legacies of Archaeologists in the Andes: Second Symposium, the Institutionalization and Internationalization of Andean Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

In the modern history of American archaeology, the relationship between art and science has often been an uneasy one. But in northern Peru in the 1950s, archaeologists, artists, and poets enjoyed a remarkably close camaraderie that has seldom been repeated in Andean archaeology. This paper explores episodes in this little-known chapter during the "Post-Tello interregnum," as the period of 1947–57 has been dubbed (Schaedel and Shimada 1982). I focus on the confluence of artistic and scientific interests (and their limits) in the study, illustration, and exhibition of the mural paintings of the ancient Moche center of Pañamarca, both in Peru and at the Art Institute of Chicago. This research demonstrates the great potential that archival research in Peru, the United States, and Canada can bear for greater understanding of Andean archaeological excavations past and present.

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Art, Archaeology, and Archives: Pañamarca at Midcentury. Lisa Trever. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451925)

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min long: -82.441; min lat: -56.17 ; max long: -64.863; max lat: 16.636 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 24123