January 9

Talk Title: Casas Grandes Medio Period (A.D. 1200—1450) Art

Talk Description: Mata Ortiz is famous for its beautiful pottery.  Juan Quezada was initially inspired by ancient Casas Grandes and Mimbres pottery.  Other Mata Ortiz artists are also inspired by the ancient designs. Although the ancient designs are similar, I suggest that Casas Grandes design layouts and symmetry have not been copied by modern artists.  Here I explore the artistic and symbolic differences between these two traditions.


Speaker’s Biographical Sketch: Christine VanPool is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2003 and has written extensively on Casas Grandes and Southwestern archaeology, iconography, religion, and archaeological method and theo