AIA Lecturer: John Pohl
Fowler Museum, UCLA
John Pohl is an authority on American Indian civilizations, and is currently the Curator of the Arts of the Americas at U.C.L.A.’s Fowler Museum. He received his degrees from UCLA (Ph.D.) and Hampshire College, and is co-curator of “Children of the Plumed Serpent: the Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico”. Dr. Pohl is an authority on American Indian civilizations, and his expertise is in American Indian art and writing systems as primary sources for reconstructing indigenous history. He has directed numerous archaeological projects in Central and North America, as well as Europe, and is noted for bringing the ancient past to life through innovative museum techniques. He served as a writer and producer for the eight hour CBS mini-series "500 Nations" on American Indian history as well as writing and designing a number of museums on North and Central American Indian peoples, including the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee North Carolina and the Moundville Archaeological Center, Moundville, Alabama. His books include Exploring Mesoamerica, The Politics of Symbolism in the Mixtec Codices, and Aztecs and Conquistadores: The Spanish Invasion and the Collapse of the Aztec Empire.