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Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry: 16th Century Ribbed Vaults in Mixteca, Mexico

Date: 08/24/2013 - 10/13/2013

Time: All Day Event

Location: HGA Gallery Rapson Hall

Cost: Free


Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry: 16th Century Ribbed Vaults in Mixteca, Mexico
Exhibition: August 24 –October 13, 2013
Opening lecture with Benjamin, Ibarra Sevilla, Assistant Professor – Architecture
Monday, September 16, 6 PM, 100 Rapson

During the 16th century in Mexico, buildings of exceptional construction quality were built to accommodate thousands converting to Christianity. In a complex process of symbiosis, indigenous master builders, using the most advanced technology of their time and their deep knowledge of locally-available building materials, worked with Spanish architects who had knowledge of the architecture of the ribbed vault. Together they built three churches in Mixteca, Mexico, with geometrically-elegant vaults unique to 16th century America. This exhibition explains the complex digital modeling and other advanced technologies that enabled research on and duplication of these vaults in the late 20th century. The exhibition includes scale models of each dome.

Researcher and guest curator: Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla, Assistant Professor, Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design

HGA Gallery Hours
Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm
FREE admission

GMD programs are funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for HGA Gallery exhibitions is provided by the Rapson Hall Exhibition Fund with support from Judy Dayton.


  • Name: Goldstein Museum of Design
  • E-mail: gmd@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-7434
  • Sponsored by: College of Design, Goldstein Museum of Design

More information: http://goldstein.design.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Goldstein Museum of Design at 612-624-7434 or gmd@umn.edu.


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