Exhibitions > Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
Tuesday, April 22, 2008–Wednesday, August 13, 2008
In the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest and Northwestern Mexico, there flourished ancient Indian communities whose ceramics are among the most accomplished in the world. Bearing plumed and horned serpents, macaws, and lively geometric designs, these objects reveal an unknown story in the art and culture of Southwestern American Indian antiquity. This innovative exhibition highlights the imaginative graphic complexity and distinctive symbolism of Casas Grandes ceramics with vessels from c. 1250-1450.
In conjunction with the exhibition is a beautifully illustrated, 214-page catalogue. An essay by exhibition curator Richard F. Townsend situates the exceptional achievements of the Casas Grandes potters within the context of the other major ceramic traditions of the greater Southwest. Accompanying essays discuss the complex iconography of these striking objects, and all of the vessels in the exhibition are presented in luxurious, full-color reproductions. The catalogue is available in the Museum Shop.
2 days 17 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #tbt Costume party! Members of the Antiquarian Society get gussied up for a night at the museum, 1922.
2 days 20 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #ShatterRuptureBreak has proven not only a big hit with our visitors, but also with shutterbugs and Instagrammers. Use the hashtag #ShatterRuptureBreak on your photos of the exhibition for a chance to win a @threadless t-shirt from our Shatter Rupture Break design challenge!