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Explore the story how people first arrived and thrived on the Australian continent. Startling new archaeological discoveries reveal how the first Australians adapted, migrated, fought and created in dramatically changing environments.
Join Dr. Peter Veth of University of Western Australia for the Texas premiere of the film First Footprints.
This is a one-night only event. This program is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Schlumberger and the Houston Perth Sister City Association.
Tickets $18, Members $12
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil explores the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate mutual beneficial relationships between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil highlights the possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. "It makes you care about our Earth's precious skin, so rare among planets," The Washington Post.
Join John Anderson and Mike Serant of the Organic Horticulture Benefits Alliance for the Texas premiere of Symphony of the Soil. This is a one-night only screening
The peripatetic Virgin of Guadalupe is an object of devotion in Extremadura, Spain, that was transferred in the sixteenth century to South America and, in a new manifestation, appeared in New Spain (Mexico).
The Spanish Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the many black madonnas in the medieval period (from the twelfth century forward) whose skin color was frequently explained using the cryptic verse from the Song of Songs or Canticles (1:5) translated as "Black [or Dark] am I, but beautiful" and linked to portraits of the sun-bronzed Palestinian Christ and his mother. In their "primitive" style and color, their ties with the early church reinforced their claims to authentic, miraculous power.
During the colonization period, when the devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe was being exported overseas, dark complexions took on more negative connotations. This talk traces the symbolic and racial implications of the shift from the black Spanish Guadalupe to the brown-skinned Marian effigies in the Americas. Their materiality (in color, gems and cloth) will also be a focus, raising provocative questions about the conundrum of distinguishing representation and presence, idol and icon, in images that are intended to simulate, but not participate in, the holy.
As a professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at UCSB, Dr. Peterson's teaching and research have focused on the field of Precolumbian and colonial Latin America visual culture. Within that field, her scholarly interests include the intersection of European and indigenous artistic traditions, as seen in the hybridity of sixteenth-century mendicant murals and pictorial manuscripts, and the trans-Atlantic transmission of Marian devotions. Her most recent book Visualizing Guadalupe follows the trajectory of several Guadalupe devotions, and will be available for signing following the lecture.
One of the oldest living traditions on the planet, Australian Aboriginal rock art informs us about the very nature of cognitive origins. Dr. Peter Veth will explore why aboriginal tribes feel compelled to decorate their landscape and what meaning this art form holds for them. Perhaps creating art is essential to the human spirit.
Archaeologist Peter Veth is a professor at University of Western Australia who studies ethnohistoric and ethnographic artwork in an archaeological context. This lecture is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Schlumberger and the Houston Perth Sister City Association.
The discovery and analysis of 63 bodies buried beneath Stonehenge has overturned the accepted view on construction and use of perhaps the greatest prehistoric monuments. This film reveals vital clues to this ancient puzzle of the Neolithic period.
Join Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout for the Texas premiere of Secrets of Stonehenge Skeletons. This is a one-night only screening. This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Apache.
Our Lady went through multiple transformations, and our current views do not reflect how the Virgin of Guadalupe was seen in earlier times. Dr. David Tavarez will introduce you to the many faces of a beloved icon that now encompasses many aspects of Latin American identity. The evening will include a festive Our Lady of Guadalupe procession featuring indigenous regional costumes and banners, music and samples of sweet tamales and atole - a traditional milky corn drink. This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from the Institute of Hispacinc Culture.
Tickets $24, Members $18
Stonehenge still has secrets to reveal. Since 2003, a new era of archaeological investigation of this enigmatic Neolithic monument has produced a wealth of new information about Stonehenge and the people who built it. The research of the Stonehenge Riverside Project lead by Dr. Michael Parker-Pearson and other investigations are providing major insights into the purpose of Stonehenge, the lives of its creators, and reason that some stones came from nearly 200 miles away.
Michael Parker-Pearson is professor of British prehistory at the University College London's Institute of Archaeology. This lecture is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Apache.