The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
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Following the 1519 Spanish invasion of Mexico, the Spaniards and Aztecs could scarcely envision one another’s past or present. Confronting an unfamiliar New World civilization, Europeans wondered whether they had traveled back in time as well as in space. They reconstructed a Mexican past that included room for a foundational Christian narrative alongside elements of ancient Rome. Remarkably, sixteenth-century indigenous authors likewise found a place for Jerusalem and Rome in their own history. Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of History of Art at Yale University and a renowned authority on Mesoamerican art and archaeology, investigates objects and images that visualize what has been termed the "double mistaken identity" that colored interactions between two very different cultures.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire on view at the Getty Villa through July 5, 2010.

About Mary Miller
Mary Miller, a member of the Yale University faculty since 1981, is Sterling Professor of History of Art and the dean of Yale College. Miller earned her A.B. from Princeton in 1975 and her Ph.D. from Yale in 1981. Specializing in the art of the ancient New World, Miller’s work addresses questions of Aztec and Maya art, as well as the historiography of pre-Columbian art. She is completing the work of her archaeological project to document and reconstruct the Maya wall paintings at Bonampak, Mexico. For her work on the Maya, Miller has won national recognition including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. She has been chosen to deliver the two most prestigious lecture series in her discipline: the A. W. Mellon Lectures, Art and Representation in the Ancient New World, at the National Gallery of Art in April-May, 2010, and the Slade Lectures at Cambridge University in 2014-2015.

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Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.