Magazine article Humanities
"Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico" opens April 1 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The complexities of Mesoamerican societies that resisted Aztec and Spanish subjugation are revealed through frescoes, codices, polychrome ceramics, gold, and turquoise. This dramatic period of social transformation flourished between 1200 and 1500 CE, when the artworks wended through the city-states of southern Mexico by way of extensive networks of trade and exchange.
"Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan" travels to the San Diego Museum of Art on February 18. Despoliation of the isolated caves in northern China in the twentieth century nearly obliterated the last traces of the medieval devotional sculpture from the Qi dynasty. Digital reconstruction and 3-D imaging of nearly one hundred pieces help visitors envision their original appearance.
The Negro Leagues produced many players on a par with the best in the majors, which excluded black players from the mid 1890s to 1947, when Jackie Robinson suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers. "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience," chronicling the Negro Leagues and their sometimes surprising technical accomplishments (such as a portable lighting system for nighttime ball), travels to the Spartanburg County Public Library through April 13, and to Colorado State University, Pueblo, until March 16. …