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The 72nd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

Registration is required and will open for the series at noon on Monday, March 27.

Join us for the six-part series Vital Signs: The Visual Cultures of Maya Writing, presented by Stephen D. Houston of Brown University for the 72nd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts.

Maya writing of ancient Mexico and Central America represents a system of script and picture that never quite split apart yet never quite fused. In clouding such boundaries, text and image confound the idea of representation, and thus question distinctions among written records, depiction, and life itself. Recent decipherments of glyphs bring these views to the surface, allowing worlds long silent to disclose their secrets.

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