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The Aztec World
The Field Museum, Chicago
November 2008 – April 2009

This temporary exhibition of 300 objects from Mexico and the United States was developed in collaboration with the Museo Nacional de Antropología and the Museo del Templo Mayor with the following curators:
- Elizabeth Brumfiel (Northwestern University)
- Gary Feinman (The Field Museum)
- Leonardo López Luján (Museo del Templo Mayor)

In this exhibition, I worked with the curators to represent all segments of Aztec society, not just the elites. We organized the exhibition as a metaphorical journey through the capital city, Tenochtitlan. Starting on the geographic periphery, museum visitors traveled towards the city center, meeting the farmers, craftspeople, merchants, warriors, rulers, and priests that comprised Aztec society.

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Tlaloc, the Aztec rain god
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
The Aztec World, attractor
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Intro gallery with eagle
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Farmers gallery
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Maize offering box
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Warriors gallery
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Aztec women warriors
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Sacred precinct gallery
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Stone serpent head
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Quetzalcoatl sculptures
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Conclusion gallery
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman
Colonial manuscript
© The Field Museum by Hank Krishman