Sweet Briar hosts lecture on Peruvian art

| March 27, 2013

James W. Reid

Sweet Briar College will host a presentation by author and historian James W. Reid on “How Modern Art was First Created by Ancient Peruvian Women” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Wailes Lounge at the Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center. The event is sponsored by Sweet Briar College’s Lectures and Events Committee and will be followed by a reception.

Using slides, Reid will discuss his most recent book, “Pre-Columbian Peruvian Textiles: The First Modern Art” (2008). In it, he argues that textile artists of pre-Hispanic Peru, to a great extent women, were the first to create an iconography which constitutes — at the figurative, pictographic and abstract level — the world’s first “modern art.”

Reid is a graduate of Princeton University and former participant in Sweet Briar’s Junior Year in France program. A multilingual scholar, artist, explorer and decorated military officer, Reid has published 16 books, as well as numerous articles, and has lectured worldwide on art in general and Peruvian art and textiles in particular.

For more information, contact Margaret Scouten at (434) 381-6109 or [email protected].

Category: Alumnae and Development, French, Junior Year in France