Fowler in Focus: Encountering Ancient Colombia–A Journey through the Magdalena Valley

September 27, 2015–January 3, 2016

This exhibition presents a selection of rare objects from the Magdalena Valley, Colombia. Drawn primarily from the Muñoz Kramer Collection of ancient Colombian ceramics at the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), these works include fascinating vessels and sculptural forms, many never exhibited before. A small number of breathtaking gold objects from a private collection are also included. Most of these works have been separated from their original archaeological contexts challenging us to try to reconstruct their origins from the available evidence. The installation demonstrates how archaeological, ethnographic, and historical sources can be interpreted to question our knowledge of the ancient ceramics and gold on view, and to illustrate the rich cultures of pre-colonial Colombia about which so little is still known. It complements Ancient Colombia: A Journey Through the Cauca Valley, an installation of the Muñoz Kramer Collection on view at LACMA through 2015.