Teotihuacan - City of the Gods


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A landmark exhibition - brings to light the grandeur of this ancient and mysterious civilisation.

Esta historica exhibicion nos muestra la grandeza de esta antigua y misteriosa civilizacion.

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2 6 MAY - 3 1 OCTOBER 1993

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Teotihuacan - City of the Gods

  1. 1. A l a n d m a r k exkik i t i o n 1 5 years i n the m a k i n g — b r i n g s to l i g k t tke grandeur o f t k i s ancient and mysterious c i v i l i s a t i o n . Esta historica e x k i k i c i o n , en la cual se ka trakajado durante los u l t i m o s 1 5 afios, nos muestra la grandeza de esta antigua y misteriosa civilizacion. 2 6 M A Y - 3 1 OCTOBER 1993D E YOUNG MUSEUM, GOLDEN GATE PARK SAN FRANCISCO
  2. 2. I n A.D. 600 the six largest cities in the world were Constantinople, the Chinese cities ofChangan and Loyang, the Persian capital Ctesiphon, and its colossal pyramids of the the Sun and the Moon were close in size to those of Egypt. It was a city with a unique grid plan of streets that wereAlexandria, and Teotihuacan. But of all these astrologically calculated—complete with well-ancient civilizations, Teotihuacan remains one of designed apartment compounds for urban living.the most mysterious. It was the center for most Mesoamerican trade. And unlike so many other pre-Columbian culturesTeotihuacan, located 40 miles northeast of Mexico that deified male rulers, it chose a goddess for itsCity, existed from approximately 150 B.C. to A.D. 750. primary deity. Some call Teotihuacan the firstYet we do not know where the people of the first city of the Americas.great urban center in Mesoamerica came from, whatlanguage they spoke, what accounted for their Now a landmark exhibition—15 years in thesudden demise, or even what they called themselves. making— brings to light the importance andSome 600 years later the Aztecs named the site grandeur of this civilization and the diversity andTeotihuacan (Tay-oh-tee-wah-kan), "Place of the uniqueness of its art forms. Over 200 works fromGods," and their rulers continued to worship there collections throughout Mexico, Europe, and thefor decades. United States will be on view, among them masterpieces from Mexicos national museums,Today, Teotihuacan is the most visited archeological important works from Stockholm and Viennasite in all of Mexico, and we do know that it was a never before exhibited outside of Europe, andmagnificent city. It was a city with wide avenues marvelous objects from over 15 museums in the United States. La informacion esta disponible en espanol, 415-863-3330. The exhibition is organized by The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition and the catalogue are made possible by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, Federal agencies. Air transport from Mexico is graciously provided by United Airlines. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by Corona & Corona Light Beers and Hotel Nikko San Francisco. The Wayne J. Holman, Jr. 1963 Charitable Trust is providing additional funding for the catalogue. Public programs are made possible in part by a grant from Metropolitan Life. Photography courtesy of Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes - Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia - Mexico, Folkens Museum Etnografiska, St. Louis Museum of Art.
  3. 3. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE La informacidn esta disponible en espanol, 415-863-3330.LOCATION. The de Young is located in Golden Gate Parknear 10th Avenue and Fulton. From Union Square: bus #38to 6th and Geary, #44 to the museum. For further informationcall 673-MUNI.HOURS. Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Last admission to the exhibition is 4 p.m.ADMISSION. $7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors 65 and over, $4.50youths 12-17, children under 12 are admitted free. Includesregular museum admission. For special evening hoursinformation, please call the Hot Line.TOURS. Linda Ronstadt will narrate a 40-minute audio tourof Teotihuacan: City of the Gods. Available for rental at themuseum for $3. Special group tours maybe arranged bytelephoning the docent office at 415-750-3638.DlNING. The Cafe de Young offers elegant lunches, aperitifs,and lighter fare from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For private groupluncheons call 415-752-0116.STORES. A wide selection of art books, exhibition cata-logues, jewelry, posters, cards, and gift items.MEMBERSHIP. Museum members enjoy year-round freeadmission, discounts, and more. Visit the Information Deskor call 415-750-3636.MUSEUM HOT LINE. For the most current informationon the exhibition and related activities, call 415-863-3330. de Young IN GOLDEN GATE PARK ^0