Joanne Pillsbury, Andrall E. Pearson Curator, Art of the Ancient Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and author, Design for Eternity

From the first millennium B.C. until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, artists from across the ancient Americas created small-scale architectural effigies to be placed in the tombs of important individuals. Although described as models, these effigies were created not so much as reflections or prototypes of existing structures, but rather as critical, conceptual components of funerary practice and beliefs about an afterlife.

Hear from author and curator Joanne Pillsbury as she shares the insights from Design for Eternity, the first publication in English to explore these architectural works, providing new insights into ancient American design and how it reflected the practices of daily life.

Book signing to follow.

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