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Contemporary Mexican Featherwork: An Ancient Tradition

Dr. María Olvido Moreno will discuss the history and evolution of Mexican featherwork.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Bunche Hall 6275
History Conference Room

Dr. María Olvido Moreno Guzmán
Coordinator of “Project Prehispanic Mural Painting in Mexico”
Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM, Mexico

Ancient Mexico’s featherwork technology is lost. This artistic expression was built on centuries of accumulated knowledge and technical improvements. We know of the existence of featherwork art in Prehispanic Mexico thanks to archaeology and the various Mesoamerican art forms such as ceramics, stone sculptures, codices, and mural paintings.

In the imaginary collective, there is a false belief that current Mexican feather-work shares the same techniques and materials of Pre-Columbian and colonial times. In fact, contemporary amantecas (featherwork artists) apply techniques that have little to do with those of the earlier periods. Today’s featherwork should be considered and appreciated as an evolution of this art form.

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Special Instructions

The closest parking lot is Structure #3. Visitors may purchase daily parking permits (Currently $12) by stopping at the Information & Parking kiosks (cash only) or by using a “Pay by Space” pay station. The closest information booth to Structure #3 is located on Hilgard and Westholme Ave. To use a Parking Pay Station: Simply drive to a self-service Pay Station location (there is one located in Structure #3). Please read the posted signs and screen prompts for Pay by Space. Pay Stations allow you to select the time you need to spend on campus and pay accordingly (all-day passes can also be purchased).

For more information please contact

Carla Guerrero Tel: (310) 825-4571

Sponsor(s): UCLA Getty, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Center for Mexican Studies, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

UCLA is a tobacco-free campus. All-day parking ($12) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 and 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues).


May 04 2016


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Bunche Hall