Art historian to speak on sculpture of Yaxchilan

BrittenhamClaudia Brittenham, a specialist on Mayan art, will speak Tuesday, April 7, at NIU.

Brittenham will talk at 5 p.m. in Room 100 of the Visual Arts Building as part of the NIU Art History Division‘s 2014-2015 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History Series.

The associate professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago will speak on “Why Carve a Lintel? Perspectives on the Sculpture of Yaxchilan.”

She is the former assistant curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. Her latest book, “The Murals of Cacaxtla: The Power of Painting in Ancient Central Mexico,” was published in January.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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