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Mexico: Art and Ceremony

Spring Quarter schedule 2003

Week

Date

Activities

Due from You

1

 

Wednesday

April 2

Introductions
Explanations about syllabus, covenants
Take mug shots
Annís Lecture:
The Cosmology of Ancient Mesoamerica

Begin reading Masks of Mexico: Tigers, Devils and the Dance of Life, no essay due until Saturday

 

Saturday

April 5th

Film on Mexican Masks
Formal Analysis Workshop
Seminar on Masks of Mexico: Tigers, Devils and the Dance of Life
Introduction to Maskmaking workshop--
$15 materials fee due
pay for theatre tickets

Finish reading Masks of Mexico: Tigers, Devils and the Dance of Life, write response essay and bring to class
Bring $15 for materials fee,
$15 for theatre ticket

 

2

Wednesday

April 9

(Marla gone)
Annís lecture: The Virgin of Guadalupe: Mexica and Christian Goddess
Workshop on Aztec poetry
Continue working on your masks

Read packet of Aztec poetry, no essay due yet

3

 

Wednesday

April 16

Annís lecture:
Early Colonial Artwork in Mexico
Choose plays for performance project
Seminar on The Labyrinth of Solitude

Read Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude, write response essay and bring to class

 

Saturday

April 19

Workshop with UMO ensemble
Marlaís lecture, European Theater History as it relates to Latin American Theater History
Seminar on 1st half of Theatre in Latin America, Religion, politics, and culture from Cortés to the 1980s
Start rehearsals for performance project

Read 1st half of Theatre in Latin America, Religion, politics, and culture from Cortés to the 1980s, write response essay and bring to class

4

Wednesday

April 23

Seminar on 2nd half of Theatre in Latin America
To State Theatre to see El Dorado
Post-play discussion

Finish reading Theatre in Latin America, write response essay and bring to class

5

 

Wednesday

April 30

Annís lecture Song of the Dispossessed: The Mexican Revolution in Art
Seminar on Mexican Muralists, Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros

Begin reading Mexican Muralists, Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros; write response essay and bring to class

Saturday

May 3

Seminar on Mexican Muralists, Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros
Film: la Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead in Mexico
2nd Maskmaking Workshop

Continue reading Mexican Muralists, Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, write response essay and bring to class

6

Wednesday

May 7

Liberal Arts Forum, Plato lecture

Finish reading Mexican Muralists, Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros

7

 

Wednesday

May 14

Annís lecture, Frida Kahlo: Masking Identity
Seminar on Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico
Continue working on 2nd mask

Begin reading Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico, (Parts 1, 2 and 3 to p.116) write response essay and bring to class

Saturday

May 17

Pastorella film (2 hrs.)
Improvisational theater workshop using masks and based on reading in Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico
Rehearsal for performance project

Finish reading Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico, (Part 4, 5 and 6) write response essay and bring to class

8

Wednesday

May 21

Annís lecture, Chicano Art: La Frontera
Share final exam
Rehearsal for performance project

Complete take-home final exam

9

 

Wednesday

May 28

Annís lecture: Contemporary Mexican Art
Final Rehearsal

Work on plays and complete portfolio

Bring masks, costumes, props for plays

Saturday

May 31

Performances

Portfolios due

10

Wednesday

June 4

Potluck/closure

Food to share

Attendance and missed work: YOU MUST CALL YOUR SEMINAR LEADER if you must be absent from class. Much of the program's work requires your attendance and cannot be adequately made up and therefore you will lose credit if you do not have excellent attendance. If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed from your fellow students.

Portfolio: Your self-evaluation and all your written work should be submitted in a folder on the last day of class.

Requirements for full credit: Excellent attendance, active participation in all class activities, adherence to the program covenant, submission of a complete portfolio, completion of a self-evaluation and a faculty evaluation, and participation in an evaluation conference.

Listserve: Important announcements and other information will be distributed on the program listserve. You must join the listserve by Friday, April 5th. To join, send an email message to join-MexicoArt@lists.evergreen.edu

Contact Marla if you have any problems joining the list.

Theater Field Trip: We will be attending the performance of El Dorado at the State Theatre, 204 E 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia, on Wednesday evening April 23rd. You must pay $15 for your theatre ticket on Saturday, April 5th.