Sacred Symbols

Four Thousand Years of Ancient American Art

The Exhibition Schedule

  • Montpellier / France
    Musée Fabre, Montpellier

    Jul 17, 2002 - Sep 29, 2002
  • Rouen / France
    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

    Oct 25, 2002 - Jan 13, 2003
  • Lyon / France
    Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon

    Feb 20, 2003 - Apr 28, 2003
  • Rennes / France
    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes

    May 28, 2003 - Aug 18, 2003
  • Minneapolis MN / USA
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    Oct 26, 2003 - Jan 26, 2004

Present archeological evidence indicates that people have lived on the continents of North and South America since at least 40,000 BCE. Over these thousands of years, many varied and complex cultures developed, people adapting to extremes of climate and environment from the snows of the Arctic through the vast expanses of the Great Plains and immense woods of North America, and down through the mountains, highlands and valleys, desert and rainforest, all the way to the southern tip of South America. These cultures ranged from small bands of hunters and modest farming villages to civilizations with large urban centers and elaborate ceremonial complexes. The Sacred Symbols exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see the arts created by the people of the ancient Americas in all their beauty, variety and complexity.