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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