Fakes, Frauds, and Fantasies in the World of Ancient Art

Saturday, June 8, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 8 – July 13

10 am – Noon

This class has been cancelled.
Led by Donald McVicker

Fakes, frauds, and falsifications of artifacts and documents have been the bane of curators, collectors, art lovers, and dealers for millennia. So why should anthropologists study fakes? Fakes offer an ever-changing portrait of human desires and greed by providing a glimpse into the cultural values and perceptions of their makers and prospective consumers. We will begin with the antiquities market in Mexico, Central America, and the Andes and broaden our inquiry to include the Mediterranean, Asia, and Africa. Please read the introduction and chapters 1–5 of Faking Ancient Mesoamerica for the first session.

Donald McVicker holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and specializes in the art and archaeology of Mesoamerica.

Materials List
Required:
Kelker, Nancy L. and Karen O. Bruhns. Faking Ancient Mesoamerica. Left Coast Press, 2010. ISBN: 9781598741490
Lapatin, Kenneth. Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art Desire, and the Forging of History. Da Capo Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780306813283

Recommended:
Bruhns, Karen O. and Nancy L. Kelker. Faking the Ancient Andes. Left Coast Press, 2010. ISBN: 9781598743951

CDPU credit is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Six sessions, $170
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.