Mexico Harper Lecture with Claudia Brittenham

Architectural Innovation at Chichen Itza

What is the elusive blend of novelty and familiarity that makes innovation succeed? Art historian Claudia Brittenham considers this question in an ancient context, exploring how new architectural forms in the Mayan city of Chichen Itza built on traditional Mesoamerican architecture, transforming it and making it new through a rigorous process of experimentation.


Event Details
Free admission

7:30 p.m. Registration and networking
8:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
9:00 p.m. Reception

Parking Information
Self-service and valet parking are available at $140 pesos for two to three hours, $250 pesos for three to 24 hours.

Featured Faculty
Claudia Brittenham is an associate professor in art history and the College at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Murals of Cacaxtla: The Power of Painting in Ancient Central Mexico, The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak (with Mary Miller), and Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color (with Stephen Houston and colleagues).

Event Contact
Joe Winegardner

Staff Liaison
Sharday El-Assar