It is time for the Greek gods' hegemony to come to end. Everyone’s heard of Hades, Apollo, Ares – but what about Mictlantecuhtli? Quetzcoatl? Huitzilpochtli? The mythology is much the same and just as ripe for appropriation by hack postmodern poets.
At this exhibit, showcasing new discoveries in Maya archaeology, art history and hieroglyphic writing, LACMA does a phenomenal job exploring the cultural and philosophical foundations of the bygone empire – an empire where human rulers, before they were destroyed by Cortez, engaged with supernatural ("divine") beings and ruled accordingly. Our money may say it, and our ruler may quote it regarding intelligent design, but for the Mayans it was a complete culture of In God We Trust.
LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles. Museum Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu noon-8 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat, Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Wed. Price: Adults $9; students 18+ with ID $5; admission (except to specially ticketed exhibitions) is free the second Tuesday of every month, and evenings after 5 p.m. For more information, call (323) 857-6000 or visit www.lacma.org.