Palaces and Pyramids in an Ancient Mexican City

An opportunity for K-12 educators to explore Latin America at LACMA

Palaces and Pyramids in an Ancient Mexican City

Teotihuacan, Mexico. (Photo: Kevin Terraciano/UCLA)

Date & Location: 

Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)


Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Painted City: Art from Teotihuacan, this event provides K-12 educators with an intimate opportunity to explore the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan through a curator-led gallery tour by Victoria Lyall, Associate Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas at LACMA and a lecture by UCLA historian and Director of the Latin American Institute, Kevin Terraciano.

Ingrid E. Fey, LAUSD teacher and curriculum advisor for the Latin American Institute, will facilitate a session examining strategies for classroom application and integration of the themes and topics discussed. 

The lecture and discussion will examine the monumental architecture, art, and history of the great city of Teotihuacan, in the Valley of Mexico. Teotihuacan is a UNESCO World Heritage Center with pyramids that rival those of Ancient Egypt in their size and construction. It was a sprawling metropolis that flourished between the 2nd and the 8th centuries CE ("Classic" period of Mesoamerican civilization). Professor Kevin Terraciano will present a summary of what is known about this ancient city today, highlight some stunning recent discoveries and examine how the Aztecs thought about the mysterious, abandoned city at the height of their power in the early 16th century.

At the conclusion of the event, participants are encouraged to attend the roundtable conversation: Painted Cities: Comparing the Murals of Metropolitan Los Angeles and Teotihuacan, which examines the impact of mural painting on Los Angeles and Teotihuacan.


10:00 am  10:25 am: Gallery Tour
10:25 am – 11:35 am: Lecture
11:35 am  12:00 am: Classroom Application
12pm Lunch 

(Optional)12:30pm 3:00pm, Painted Cities Roundtable featuring: Judy Baca, mural artist, founder/artistic director of Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC); Ilene Fort, Senior Curator of American Art, LACMA; Cindy Schwartzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art; Tanner Blackman, Planning Director for District 14 (L.A. City Council);Victoria Lyall, Associate Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas, LACMA 

*This course has been approved for 4.5 LAUSD salary point hours. In order to fulfill the 4.5 hour requirement, you must attend the Painted Cities Conversation. 


Open to K-12 educators in all disciplines


Cost: $10 includes museum admission, parking and lunch.
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 29. Space is limited.


For more info please contact:
Cynthia Gomez

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