Anthony Meyer

Biography

Originally from the Carolinas, Anthony Meyer received a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Before arriving to UCLA, he had the pleasure of dwelling in New York, Durham, and Madrid to intern at El Museo del Barrio, work at the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke Univeristy, and teach English to Spanish pupils. While at UCLA, Meyer continued his professional pursuits, both interning and working 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 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Apart from teaching classes 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 McGill University based 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 collaboration across European and North American universities in four major languages.

Meyer’s fieldwork has taken him places far and wide including Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany. As he continues to research indigenous arts from the Americas, Meyer is excited to see where his research and scholarly collaborations will take him next.

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 and Architecture in the
           Mexica (A.D. 1325 – 1521) and Early Transatlantic 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

Anthony’s current research explores Nahua artistic and architectural production over the course of the Mexica empire (14th-16th centuries) through colonial New Spain and the wider Euro-Atlantic. He investigates the art, architecture, and practices of Nahua religious leaders in the Valley of Mexico. For his graduate research, he has received grants from Fundación AMA in Chile, the Society for Architectural Historians, and the U.S. Department of Education. His other interests include relationships between indigenous languages and art across the Americas, spatial and bodily experiences, cultural and global exchange, and the materiality of religions.

Fellowships & Grants

Bancroft Library Summer Study Fellowship, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019
 
Seminar for Global Genealogies of Early Modernity (Funded Participant), University of Pennsylvania, 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

California Rare Book School (Participant on Scholarship), “The History of the Book in Hispanic America, 16th – 19th Centuries,” 2017
 
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, UCLA, 2016
 
Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2015-16
 
Eugene V. Cota-Robles Diversity Fellowship, Graduate Division, UCLA, 2015-present
 
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Distinction, Dean’s Office, UCLA, 2015-present

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Awards

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  

“Carved, Bundled, Wrapped: Patio Crosses and Conversion Apparatuses in Sixteenth-Century New Spain.” In Conversion Machines in Early Modern Europe: Apparatus, Artifice, Body, edited by Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin. Edinburg, UK: Edinburg University Press, 2020. In progress.  

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.

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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)

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

contact: ajmeyermaya@ucla.edu