One might want to wear shades when viewing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's newest exhibition, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. The golden figurines, regalia, jewelry and religious items are brilliant and embedded with jade, shells and turquoise.
The exhibition is made from contributions from 50 major museums based in Europe as well as Latin and Central America. The gold working and other luxury arts items range from items recently found at digs, to ones that have been showcased in museums worldwide. Some of the items have never left their home country before, making this exhibition, a landmark one.
The exhibit ranges over 2,000 years and 6,000 miles. Focusing on the luxury items created by ancient Americans. Items on display vary from the Andes to Mexico. Artifacts from the Olmecs, Mayan, Aztec and Inca civilizations together in one room is a feast for the senses.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum is holding educational events that correspond with it. They are: Sunday at The Met—Golden Kingdoms: Forests of Jade (March 25); Family Afternoon—Lasting Legacy (April 8); MetFridays—Artists Respond to Golden Kingdoms: Teresita Fernández (April 13); a Conversation with ... (English and Spanish languages, March 23 and April 27); and Access Discoveries (for children and adults with learning and developmental disabilities (April 22).
Here is Curator Joanne Pillsbury discussing the exhibit:
Golden Kingdoms runs from February 28, 2018 to May 28, 2018. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located 1000 5th Avenue at East 82nd Street in Manhattan. To find out about the museum's operating hours and other exhibitions, please visit their site.