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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Wine and Cheese Reception at 5:30 pm

Lecture at 6:00 pm

Presented by Jeanette Nicewinter, PhD. Images of sex or death may be deemed immoral or inappropriate in current culture, however, ancient American cultures viewed these acts in a different manner. From the Aztecs of Mexico to the Moche of Perus, sex and death were the bookends of life with one representing conception and the other termination. Instead of being in contrast , these ideas were intimately linked within a cosmology that included ancestors, mythological beings and inanimate objects. The lecture will explore the images of sex and death on artworks within ancient Mesoamerican and Peruvian cultures.

This lecture is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported in part by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.