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Inspiring Art: The Dumbarton Oaks Birthing Figure

June 27, 2013 – March 23, 2014

An Aztec-style Birthing Figure in the Dumbarton Oaks collection has incited fascination and controversy for over a century. Celebrated by some as a masterpiece, maligned by others as a fake, it has provided inspiration to generations of artists from Man Ray and Diego Rivera to Steven Spielberg and Eduardo Paolozzi.

The exhibition traces the changing perceptions of this one-of-a-kind sculpture and illustrates its powerful hold on the human imagination.

In Conjunction with the Exhibition:

Lecture: Pre-Columbian Art between the Ethnographic and the Surreal: Man Ray’s Imagined Americas. Wendy Grossman | Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:30 PM. RSVP

Lecture: Bringing the Pre-Columbian World to Life: The Scholar's Role in Entertainment Media. John Pohl | Thursday, February 6, 2014, 5:30 PM. RSVP


This exhibition is part of a year-long program of exhibitions and events to celebrate 50 Years of Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks.

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