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Trent Barnes

“Walking the Space of Time: Void and Body in the Architecture of Teotihuacan, Mexico”

Trenton Barnes

Harvard University, Pre-Columbian Studies Tyler Fellow

In his study of the monumental architecture of Teotihuacan, Mexico (ca. 50 BCE–550 CE), the largest urban development of the ancient Americas, Barnes argues that the city reflects a single master plan that emulated the form of sacred mathematical and calendrical texts known in Nahuatl as Tonalamatl, or “Page of Days.”  This document was read through walking rituals intended to sanctify Teotihuacan imperial power and facilitate the city’s exceptional wealth accumulation.

Trent Barnes is a doctoral candidate in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University, and he holds an MA from the same institution and a BA from Columbia University. His research concerns the art and architectural history of the Pre-Columbian Americas. His dissertation, “Walking the Space of Time: Void and Body in the Architecture of Teotihuacan, Mexico,” will comprise the first monographic architectural history of the largest pre-Hispanic urban development of the New World. From 2017 to 2018 he was the Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he assisted in the exhibition Golden Kingdoms.