1 – 3 pm
Fakes, frauds, and falsifications of artifacts and documents have been the bane of curators, collectors, art lovers and dealers since Bronze Age Phoenicians carried Egyptian fakes around the Mediterranean. So what can we learn from fakes? They offer an ever-changing portrait of human desires and greed by providing a glimpse into the values and perceptions of their makers and prospective consumers. We will begin with the antiquities market in Mexico, Central America, and the Andes and expand our universe to include the Mediterranean, Asia, and Africa.
Donald McVicker holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and specializes in the archaeology of Mesoamerica.
Kelker, Nancy L. and Karen O. Bruhns. Faking Ancient Mesoamerica. Walnut Creek, CA, Left Coast Press, 2009. ISBN: 1598741497
Lapatin, Kenneth. Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History. Da Capo Press, 2003. ISBN: 0306813289
Bruhns, Karen O. and Nancy L. Kelker Faking the Ancient Andes. Walnut Creek, CA, Left Coast Press, 2009. ISBN: 1598743953
CPDU credit is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Six sessions, $170