April 14, 2012, Simon Martin, Research Specialist in Maya
epigraphy, Penn Museum: "The Exhibition's Tale: Putting on MAYA
2012: Lords of Time"
Mr. Martin presented a behind-the scenes look at how the Penn Museum
exhibition about the Maya and 2012 evolved and took shape. The talk
focused on the challenges and opportunities that this theme presents
for all those interested in the Pre-Columbian past, and how a range
of different professional specialists combined to present the public
with a dynamic, but accurate, view of the Maya and their ideas about
time, both past and present.
Simon Martin is an Associate Curator
in the American Section of the Penn Museum. He and Dr. Loa Traxler
are Co-Curators of the upcoming exhibit: MAYA 2012: Lords of Time.
Mr. Martin continues to concentrate his research on Maya
hieroglyphic inscriptions produced between approximately AD 250 and
1697, in what is today southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, western
Honduras and El Salvador. He has been working on the Calakmul
Epigrahic Research Project in Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico, within a
project directed by Ramón Carrasco. They are coming to
understand the complex history of the extensive ancient city, and to
place it within the wider context of ancient Maya political culture.
Simon Martin was a scholarly consultant to the major exhibition
Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya, held at the National Gallery of
Art, Washington DC, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San
Francisco, in 2004-2005. In addition, he was an advisory board
member of a second show, Lords of Creation: The Origins of Maya
Sacred Kingship held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the
Dallas Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
in 2005-2006. His books include the first and second editions of
Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of
the Ancient Maya, with Nikolai Grube, and Courtly Art of the Ancient
Maya, with Mary Miller.
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