Art History Co-hosts Guest Lecture on 'Masonry, Memory, Meaning in Inka Rockwork'

Dr. Carolyn Dean, professor of art history at the University of California-Santa Cruz, will speak on "Masonry, Memory and Meaning in Inka Rockwork” on Friday, April 27. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Shepard Room, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, 333 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis. Dean’s presentation is the fourth and final lecture in the Memory and the History of Art Lecture Series.

Dr. Carolyn Dean

A workshop also will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, in the Anthropology Lab, 6S, Giddens Alumni Learning Center, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Ave., St. Paul. Cost is $10 (free for students).

Dean focuses on the ways the Inka, renowned for their flawless masonry, understood stone as a building medium, how they used it and worked with it and what values or ideas their rock walls conveyed. Dean’s book, A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock, received the 2012 Association for Latin American Art book award.

Dean’s visit is co-sponsored by the UST Department of Art History, University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences; Maya Society of Minnesota; the University of Minnesota Center for Early Modern History; and the Department of Art History, University of Minnesota.