Memory Fragments: The Art of Pre-Columbian West Mexico exhibit at The Parthenon Museum
March 3- June 18, 2017
West Gallery, The Parthenon Museum
Nashville, TN - The Parthenon Museum presents an exhibit of its Pre-Columbian collection donated to the museum in the late 1970s. Little was known about the creators of these significant artifacts- a group of regional civilizations in what is now West Mexico which flourished from roughly 400 B.C.E. to 300 C.E. and left no written records. Parthenon visitors will have the opportunity to view exquisite sculptures as well as other stone and ceramic artifacts from the Nayarit, Colima, Michoacán, and Jalisco regions of Western Mexico. Rich color and sophisticated craftsmanship demonstrate the pottery techniques and careful thought that went into the creation of each sculpture.
These objects form the narrative about and provide an illustration of the daily life, religious practices, and shaft tomb burial tradition that are key to these long vanished cultures. The idea of these objects as “memory fragments” underscores not only the role these artifacts have in recreating the past, but also their emerging popularity in the 20th century.
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Admission includes access to all exhibitions and the Parthenon’s upper level, graced by the colossal statue of the goddess Athena.
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ABOUT THE PARTHENON
The Parthenon, owned and operated by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Parks and Recreation Department, is the city of Nashville’s longest-lived art museum. Opened as a museum in 1931, its galleries are the home of the distinguished Cowan Collection of American art and feature several temporary exhibitions per year. The galleries are housed on the lower level of the Parthenon, the world’s only full-scale replica of the fifth-century BCE temple in Athens, Greece. Beloved symbol of civic pride to Nashvillians since its original manifestation as the art building for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, it welcomes hundreds of thousands of Nashvillians and visitors to the city per year. To learn more about the Parthenon, please visit www.parthenon.org
THE METRO BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION
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