February - June 2007
Carolyn Tate, professor of pre-Columbian and Native American art at the School of Art, Texas Tech University, is also a noted curator and specialist in Mesoamerican and Mayan art. As curator, her venues have included The National Gallery of Art, Princeton University, and the Dallas Museum of Art. She is author of Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City (Austin, 1992) and the forthcoming Olmec Art and Knowledge: Gestation and Creation in Formative Mesoamerica (University of Texas). As a Clark Fellow, she will pursue her book project, a study of women’s knowledge as expressed in the art of the preliterate (900 – 400 BC), or Olmec period of Mexico, testing a variety of analytical methods to expand our contemporary perspectives of the period.