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EL MUSEO DE ESCULTURA DE COPAN
Ancient Maya Artistry in Stucco and Stone
Barbara W. Fash

"An excellent book that tells us two inspiring stories. One is how a handful of dedicated experts helped to conceive, design, and build a new museum in rural Honduras while providing a model of how to partner intelligently and respectfully with a community that benefits not only from the presence of a world-class museum, but also deepens its own connection with its ancient cultural heritage. The second story is of the spectacular stone sculpture of the Mayan site of Copan…Barbara Fash…gives us a thorough introduction to ancient Mayan culture, while offering a wealth of archaeological detail, much of it fascinating."
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Opened in 1996, the Copan Sculpture Museum was initiated as an international collaboration to preserve Copan’s original stone monuments. Its exhibits represent the best-known examples of building façades and sculptural achievements from the ancient kingdom of Copan. The creation of this on-site museum involved people from all walks of life: archaeologists, artists, architects, and local craftspeople. Today it fosters cultural understanding and promotes Hondurans’ identity with the past. In The Copan Sculpture Museum, Barbara Fash—one of the principal creators of the museum—tells the inside story of conceiving, designing, and building a local museum with global significance. Along with numerous illustrations and detailed archaeological context for each exhibit in the museum, the book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and culture of the ancient Maya and a model for working with local communities to preserve cultural heritage.
Paper $35.00
216 pages / 198 color illustrations, 34 line illustrations, 35 halftones, and 2 maps
Co-published with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University
Errata Il Museo Escultura Copan PDF

 


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HOUSE OF LOVE
Dayanita Singh

Text by Aveek Sen

"These pictures are like stills for a silent movie for which you write the title cards. The more you look at them the more you see. No, that’s not quite right, actually. The more you look at them, the more you imagine."
—Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
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House of Love is a work of photo fiction by Dayanita Singh. Working closely with writer Aveek Sen, whose prose follows a journey of its own, Singh explores the relationship between photography, memory, and writing. House of Love, designed to blur the lines between an art book of photographic images and a work of literary fiction, is a book whose images demand to be read, not just seen, and whose texts create their own sensory worlds. The combination creates a new vocabulary for the visual book.

The “House of Love” itself is the Taj Mahal, but the Taj Mahal as a recurring motif that stands for a range of meanings—meanings made up of the truths and lies of night and day, love and illusion, attachment and detachment. Through images of cities both visible and invisible, people real and surreal, Singh creates her own mysterious and ineffable, strange yet familiar language, using her trademark black-and-white photography and her newer nocturnal color work.

Published in 2011 by the Peabody Museum Press and Radius Books
Cloth $45.00
198 pages / 63 color and 48 black-and-white photographs


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JUST REPRESENTATIONS
Robert Gardner

Edited by Charles Warren
Essay by Caleb Gardner

"A book of marvelous adventures with a camera and a series of meditations on diverse ways of life and making art by a wise and compassionate man."
—Charles Simic

This book presents selected writings by Robert Gardner. There are journals he wrote during stays in different parts of the world, observing and reacting to diverse ways of life, traditional and modern. There are his accounts of film projects envisioned and planned but not completed. There are essays, more formal and systematic than the journals, on ways of life in pre-modern cultures that Gardner has observed first hand. We also read his voiceover narrations from the films Dead Birds (1961) and Rivers of Sand (1975), which come to life in a new way on the page. And in an interview, letters, and articles, Gardner addresses the subject of filmmaking—his own and that of others—and reflects on film’s relation to anthropology and, more broadly, to the very project of human beings to understand reality.

The material here, most all of it previously unpublished, is presented in three sections. In Parts I and II we see Gardner in the practice of just representation, or aiming at it. In Part III we see him talking about just representation, the concerns and the issues of it, specifically in his own filmmaking work and to some extent in that of others. He talks about filmmaking, not writing—but the writings of Parts I and II cannot be disentangled from filmmaking. There is the same sensibility and drive to expression at work. And as Gardner’s brief introductions to each piece make clear, the writings come out of filmmaking situations, out of preparation for or work on various filmmaking projects. The writings extend what the filmmaking does, complete what the filmmaking does not complete, take byways from the filmmaking and make new discoveries—and, of course, feed back into the filmmaking. The writing and filmmaking complete each other.

Jointly published in October 2010 by Studio7Arts and the Peabody Museum Press
Paper $22


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AVENUE PATRICE LUMUMBA
Guy Tillim

Foreword by Robert Gardner

“Guy Tillim … combines a profound sense of historic documentation of African countries ravaged by conflicts and tragedies of all kinds and a very stringent formal aesthetic devoid of all mannerism.”'
—Michket Krifa

As the first recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at the Peabody Museum, Guy Tillim traveled through Angola, Mozambique, Congo, and Madagascar, documenting the grand colonial architecture and how it has become part of a contemporary African stage. His photographs reveal the decay and detritus of colonialism in Western and Southern Africa and convey an acute sense of humanity.

Tillim is an award-winning photographer from South Africa. His photographic documentation of social conflict and inequality in the countries of Africa has been exhibited in more than a dozen countries and widely published.

Published in January 2009 by the Peabody Museum Press and Prestel Verlag, Munich.
128 pages with 60 color photographs
Cloth $65


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ARTS OF DIPLOMACY
Lewis and Clark's Indian Collection
Castle McLaughlin
Photographs by Hillel S. Burger
Foreword by James P. Ronda

"With its publication of Arts of Diplomacy, the Peabody Museum once again brings distinction to itself and the museum profession. Theirs is a seminal, expansive, and probing venture that has resulted in a handsome, readable, and profoundly significant volume."
-Oregon Historical Quarterly

When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery across the American West, they were acting as Thomas Jefferson’s emissaries to the Native American peoples they encountered along the way. In Arts of Diplomacy Castle McLaughlin challenges conventional wisdom about the expedition and reveals it as a complex process of diplomacy, mutual discovery, and exchange. The vehicle for this analysis is the Peabody Museum’s “‘Lewis and Clark collection,”‘ a set of magnificent eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century objects long thought to be the only surviving ethnographic items acquired by the Corps.

McLaughlin and her colleagues—including scholars Gaylord Torrence and Anne-Marie Victor-Howe—conducted painstaking analyses of these buffalo robes, basketry hats, and ceremonial pipes and traced their histories from public and private collections to their probable sources among Native makers and users. With contributions by Wasco basketry artist Pat Courtney Gold, Mandan-Hidatsa community activist Mike Cross, and other contemporary Native artists, Arts of Diplomacy presents a model for how museum collections can be coaxed to tell their own vivid stories.

Castle McLaughlin is Associate Curator of Native American Ethnography at the Peabody Museum.

Published by the Peabody Museum Press and the University of Washington Press
416 pages with 195 illustrations, 150 in color, notes, bibliography, index
8.75 x 10.75
Cloth $60, Paper $40
Signed copies available upon request


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ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD NOTEBOOK

This 80-page, 5-mm-grid notebook, prepared by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, is indispensable for the student or professional practitioner of field archaeology. It features:

—acid-free paper
—20-cm scales on the inside of front and back cover
—Singer-sewn binding and cloth-tape spine for durability

Discounts are available starting at two or more copies. For further information about bulk discounts, please contact the Peabody Museum Press sales department:
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Paperback: 7.6 x 10"
$11.95 ISBN: 978-0-87365-863-8


 finding aid philippines

FINDING AID FOR THE PHILIPPINES COLLECTION

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Erin Hasinoff

This guide to the Museum's 2,729 objects from the Philippines is a useful reference tool for researchers interested in the objects themselves and in the archival information related to the accessions and the collectors.
86 pages, 1 color photo, bibliography, 8.5 x 11"
Comb-bound photocopy $25.00


  finding aid for tibet

FINDING AID FOR TIBET AND AREAS OF INFLUENCE

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Laura Kogonis

Tibetan culture is an important component of the local cultures throughout a vast area of Inner Asia, influencing communities from Mongolia to Siberia, from Bhutan and Sikkim to Ladakh and Nepal. This finding aid is a research guide to the Peabody's collection of over 850 objects from Tibet and areas of Tibetan influence.
41 pages, 1 color photo, 8.5 x 11"
Comb-bound photocopy $15


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