To mark the 500-year anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital that is now Mexico City, LACMA’s newest exhibition focuses on works made by Indigenous artists just before, and then during, European colonization of Mexico. The more than 30 pre-Columbian and early colonial pieces on view—from Aztec chalice covers to Olmec jade tablets to a facsimile of the Codex Moctezuma, which documents the Aztec Empire’s final years—address the culture’s myths and cosmic beliefs. Also included are facsimiles (made by contemporary artists) of the 16th- and 17th-century maps that accompanied legal petitions against royal land grants. —J.D.
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