Exhibit opening: ‘Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes’

Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 30, 2014

The environment along the Pacific coast of South America is a place of extremes — a landscape where desert meets ocean and is set off by the towering rain-filled Andean mountain range.

Gathering more than 80 historical and anthropological objects from various collections at the University of Texas, the exhibit “Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes ” uses geography as lens to illuminate the lifestyle, technological achievements and ideology of pre-Inca cultures that inhabited the coastal Andes of South America. Rare textiles and ceramic objects reveal the complexities of ancient Andean cultural history.

“Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes”

Opens Feb. 1 and continues through Aug. 17. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays (third Thursdays of the month until 9 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Blanton Museum of Art, www.blantonmuseum.org

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