THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Nancy Princenthal
Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition of pre-Columbian art promises an unabashed celebration of splendor. Of course art, religion and extreme experience have consorted since the beginning of time, and continue to do so in the sculptures produced in what is now Mexico, where it is something of a relief to see figures in full interacting actively and expressively. Nothing about the 21st century’s vaunted cosmopolitanism would have surprised them. They might have been confused, though, by our tendency to look to history — non-European in particular — for a material record of lost innocence. [More]
Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas" (Through May 28, 2018); 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York; (212)535-7710, metmuseum.org.