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“Subjective Color in Mimbres Black-on-white Pottery” Presentation

March 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Mimbres pottery design that produces subjective color; pot illustration courtesy of Dr. Whittlesey, “Pastel Background New 2” image from www.rbgstock.com

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERN – On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s Third Thursday Food for Thought dinner presentation will feature “Subjective Color in Mimbres Black-on-white Pottery” by archaeologist Dr. Stephanie M. Whittlesey. Many Mimbres black-on-white geometric designs produce the illusion of color when rotated rapidly, much like the subjective-color hallucination that has been known in the psychology of perception for more than a century. Subjective color is one of numerous neurophysiologically induced visual hallucinations that are universal in human beings and are produced by epilepsy, migraines, hallucinogens, certain diseases, and other causes. In her presentation for Old Pueblo, Dr. Stephanie Whittlesey will describe the phenomenon and the design characteristics that produce it, discuss similar visual hallucinations in the scientific literature, suggest that some of the designs may have been created by shamans based on visions they had experienced during trances and shamanic journeys, and speculate on the contribution of subjective color to Mimbres ritual organization.

This free presentation (order your own dinner off the restaurant’s menu at your expense) will be held at Karichimaka Mexican Restaurant (5252 S. Mission Rd, Tucson) from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations must be requested AND CONFIRMED before 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the program date: info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201. PLEASE WAIT TO HEAR FROM OLD PUEBLO WHETHER YOUR RESERVATION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BEFORE ATTENDING because the Fire Code limits how many guests we can have in the restaurant meeting room. Guests may select and purchase their own dinners from the restaurant’s menu. There is no entry fee but donations will be requested to benefit Old Pueblo’s educational efforts.



March 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Karichimaka Mexican Restaurant
5252 S. Mission Rd.
Tucson, AZ United States
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