Paul Pines to Give Lecture on Aztec and Mayan Cultures

November 20, 2012 — On Thursday, November 29 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in the FM Theater, Paul Pines will present a lecture focusing on the belief system, cosmology, and artistic symbols of the Mayan and Aztec cultures and its inevitable clash with European culture at the time of the Spanish Conquistadors starting in the 15th Century.

Author of nine books, including poetry and novels, Pines is one of our region’s most widely acclaimed writers. Pines’ 2011 book of poems, Reflections In A Smoking Mirror, focuses on mediations about the Maya and Aztec culture. His DIVINE MADNESS is his most recent of his nine volumes of poetry. “The only other person I can compare this to is Goethe…powerful stuff!” – raves NPR-WAMC’S Paul Elisha.

A Brooklyn native, Pines and his wife Carol, reside in Glens Falls, where he practices psychotherapy. He is also an expert on archetypal symbols and imagery. His talk will feature numerous images that have been utilized repeatedly as symbols across time and cultures.

The lecture is being co-hosted by FM’s Barto Speakers’ Series and The Perrella Gallery, in conjunction with the current Perrella Gallery exhibition featuring the Mayan inspired art works by regional artist Patricia Kay, titled The Maya: An Artistic Homage. The event is free and the public is welcome.

For further information, please contact Fine Arts Professor Joel Chapin at (518) 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8977 or Barto Committee Chair Steven Hymowech at ext. 8953.

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