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“Permanence and Ephemerality in Inca Architecture,” by Stella Nair, LACS Seminar Series 60th Anniversary, Reception follows

Monday, November 14, 2022 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G30 G30 is the History of Art Gallery

Co-sponsored by: History of Art Department

With its striking stonework, dramatically sited buildings, and impressive terraces cascading down steep mountainsides, Inca architecture has fascinated visitors to the Andes for centuries. Yet, this lithic architecture was only one part of the complex built environment of the Inca.  In this talk, Nair explores how issues of permanence and ephemerality were crucial to Inca building practices and reveal the critical role gender played in creating and giving meaning to place.

Stella Nair’s scholarship focuses on the built environment of indigenous communities in the Americas. Trained as an architect and architectural historian, Nair has conducted fieldwork in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States, with ongoing projects in the South Central Andes. Nair’s book, At Home with the Sapa Inca: Architecture, Space, and Legacy at Chinchero (University of Texas Press, 2015), examines the sophisticated ways in which the Inca manipulated space and architecture to impose their authority. She has also published (with Jean-Pierre Protzen), The Stones of Tiahuanaco: A Study of Architecture and Construction (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2013), which explores one of the world’s most artful and sophisticated carving traditions.

Nair has received numerous research grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Association, the Center for the Study of the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art), Dumbarton Oaks, the Fulbright Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library. More recently, Nair was awarded a Rome Prize by the American Academy of Rome and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Currently, Nair directs the Andean Laboratory and the Architecture laboratory at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Art, History, History of Art and Visual Studies, Romance Studies, Fine Arts Library, Global Learning, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Global Cornell

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Mavis Akosua Amegah-Dorr


Stella Nair, Associate Professor of Art History

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