Kay Pacha
Reciprocity with the Natural World
February 12 – July 2, 2016

Kay Pacha: Reciprocity with the Natural World is the first curated exhibition of ancient Andean art from the Lowe’s permanent collection of more than 1,000 ancient stone, metal, wood, ceramic, and textile objects from Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. The exhibition explores the ancient Andean concept of ayni, or reciprocity between humans and nature that fuels life on kay pacha, the surface of the earth. No other exhibition has attempted to explore how humans used art to express their gratitude, fear, and indebtedness to the harsh natural world of the Andes. Ceramic jars in the shape of a crab, royal robes made of parrot feathers or fine alpaca wool, and silver disks decorated with shellfish from the Lowe’s collections speak to how material objects conveyed the interrelatedness of life, authority, and power in these cultures. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Traci Ardren, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Miami.

An exhibition catalog with essays and full-color plates from the exhibition is available for $19.95. Contact Lorrie Stassum: 305-284-6980 or lstassun@miami.edu


Related Programming

Dr. Richard Burger, Charles J. MacCurdy
Professor of Anthropology, Yale,
Violence, Warfare, and Religion in the Emergence
of Early Peruvian Civilization
Thursday, February 18, 2016
7 pm
Storer Auditorium
Reception follows at the Lowe Art Museum
Lecture sponsored by UM Center for the Humanities

Exhibition Symposium
Saturday, February 20, 2016
10 am-4 pm
In co-sponosrship with UM’s Program in Latin American Studies, Miami Institute for Americas, Richter Library
Click here for Symposium full program

Family Day
The Natural World: Ancient Andean Art
Sunday, February 21, 2016
12-3 pm
Generously supported by UHealth

Dr. Benjamin Orlove, Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions,
Bodies, Objects, and Power in Andean Landscapes
and Waterscapes
In co-sponsorship with the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
4 pm

Coffee Talk
Dr. Tracy Devine-Guzman, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami,
Reciprocity and Community in Andean Political Thought: From the Revista Amauta to Sumak Kawsay
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
1 pm

Teacher Workshop
Ancient Andean Art at the Lowe Art Museum
Friday, April 8, 2016
9 am-4 pm

All events at the Lowe unless otherwise noted.