Anthony Meyer

 Ph.D. Candidate · Art Historian

Biography


Anthony Meyer is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specializes in Indigenous arts of the Americas and the global Early Modern. Before arriving to UCLA, Meyer worked at institutions such as El Museo del Barrio in New York City and the Rubenstein Rare Book Library in Durham, NC. Most recently, Meyer worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on the Muñoz-Kramer Andean collection and an international exhibition titled Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Arts from LACMA. Originally from the Carolinas, Meyer also holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he curated a thesis on Maya ceramics and their fraught portrayals in museums.

Apart from teaching courses in art history and coordinating the Architecture Lab at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Meyer has also participated actively in three international collaborative projects. The first, Early Modern Conversions, investigates the role of religious conversion in the Early Modern world and is co-directed by Paul Yachnin and Marie-Claude Felton at McGill University. Second, Meyer is involved with Making Worlds, a project funded by the SSHRC that looks at migration, movement, and modes of making in the Early Modern period, co-directed by art historians Bronwen Wilson (UCLA) and Angela Vanhaelen (McGill). Finally, Meyer has assisted with the École de Printemps, managing the website for the International Consortium on Art History, which fosters global collaboration in four major languages.

Meyer’s fieldwork projects have spanned time and space, including pre-Invasion sculpture from the Cauca Valley in Colombia, contemporary Mapuche artists in Chile, Nahua religious art in Mexico, and the reception of Mexica objects in sixteenth-century Europe (Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany).


Education


Ph.D. Candidate in Art History
University of California Los Angeles (in progress)

           Major Field: Indigenous Arts of the Americas (North, Central, South)
Minor Field: Early Modern Global  

Dissertation: “‘The Givers of Things’: Tlamacazque Art, Architecture, and Religious Making in the Mexica and Early Modern Worlds”

   Certificate in Early Modern Studies, Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, 2019


M.A. in Art History
University of California Los Angeles, 2017

M.A. Thesis: “Repositioning the Middle: Movement, Sculpture, and the Body in the Central Cauca Valley”


B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology
with highest distinction and highest honors
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013


Research

Meyer’s current research explores Nahua artistic and architectural production over the course of the Mexica empire (A.D. 1325 – 1521) through colonial New Spain and the wider Euro-Atlantic. His dissertation, “‘The Givers of Things’: Tlamacazque Art, Architecture, and Religious Making in the Mexica and Early Modern Worlds,” examines the art and architecture crafted, shaped, and transformed by Nahua religious leaders (tlamacazque) during Mexica rule, as well as the impacts these figures had in sixteenth-century New Spain and across the Atlantic. Outside of his dissertation, Anthony’s research interests include semiotics and linguistic relativity, spatial and bodily experiences, transatlantic exchange, and the materiality of religions. For his graduate research, he has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Association, the John Carter Brown Library, the Society for Architectural Historians, and Fundación AMA in Santiago, Chile.


Fellowships & Grants

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship
U.S. Department of Education & COMEXUS, 2020-21

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
Social Sciences Research Council, 2020-21

Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship
John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2020

Fulbright IIE García-Robles
U.S. Department of Education & COMEXUS, 2020 (declined)

Bancroft Library Summer Study Fellowship
Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Junior Scholar Fellowship in Iberian and Latin American Architecture
Society of Architectural Historians, 2019

Tinker Field Research Grant
Latin American Institute, UCLA, 2018

Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art (Participant on Fellowship)
Harvard Art Museum & Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 2018

Graduate Research Mentorship Academic Year Fellowship
Graduate Division, UCLA, 2017 – 18

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship
Graduate Division, UCLA, 2017 & 2018

Graduate Fellowship
Fundación AMA, Santiago, Chile, 2017

Mellon Foundation Field Research Grant
Latin American Institute, UCLA, 2016

Mellon Summer Graduate Research Fellowship
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2016

Art Council Endowed Scholarship in Art History
Department of Art History, UCLA, 2016

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship
U.S. Department of Education & IDIEZ, 2015-16

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Diversity Fellowship
Graduate Division, UCLA, 2015-16

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Distinction
Dean’s Office, UCLA, 2015 & 2017


Awards

Patricia McCarron McGinn Memorial Award
Department of Art History, University of California Los Angeles, 2020

First Place Award for Best Paper
44th Annual Cleveland Art History Symposium
Cleveland Art Museum and Case Western Reserve University, 2018

Early Modern Summer Mentorship Award
Center for 17th– & 18th-Century Studies, UCLA, 2018

Ralph C. Altman Award
Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2018


Publications

“Stony Bundles and Precious Wrappings: The Making of Patio Crosses in Sixteenth-Century New Spain.” In Conversion Machines in Early Modern Europe: Apparatus, Artifice, Body, edited by Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. Accepted.

8 catalog entries: “Maize, Rain, and Harvest in Greater Mesoamerica,” “Creatures of the Sky,” “Creatures of the Earth,” “Creatures of the Water,” “Animals in Olmec Art,” “Ballgame among the Maya and across Mesoamerica,” “Altered States: Tobacco and Hallucinogens,” and “Offerings.” In Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (自然的力量——洛杉矶郡艺术博物馆藏古代玛雅艺术品), edited by Megan E. O’Neil. Beijing: Cultural Relics Press, 2018. Exhibition catalogue.  

Book review of Afro-Caribbean Religious Arts: Popular Expression of Cultural Inheritance in Espiritismo and Santería, by Kristine Juncker. African Arts 50, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 93-4.


Selected Presentations

“Through Tlamacazque Eyes: Religious Art and Architecture in the Mexica and Transatlantic Worlds,” Fowler Art Museum, University of California Los Angeles. September 2019.

“Bundled Metaphors: Carving and Experiencing Patio Crosses in Sixteenth-Century New Spain,” American Art History Graduate Student Symposium, Yale University. April 2019.

“Coming into Contact? Spatial Experiences of Patio Crosses in Sixteenth-Century New Spain,” 44th Annual Cleveland Symposium, Cleveland Museum of Art. October 2018.

“Mediators of Life and Death: Sculpted Bodies from the Central Cauca Valley,” Graduate Student Symposium, Department of Art History, University of Southern California. October 2017.


Languages (speaking, reading, writing)

Dutch (advanced)
French (advanced)
German (advanced)
Italian (advanced)
Nahuatl, Huasteca & Classical (advanced)
Portuguese (intermediate)
Spanish (advanced)
Yucatec Maya (basic)