Moroni and his assistants in the studio
Moroni and his assistants in the studio

Aldo Moroni ’76, considers himself a narrative sculptor and believes that art is a social activity involving a dialogue between the creator and the audience. Blind Cortez, his largest and most recent project to date, is a project that seeks to engage the community by chronicling five-hundred years of Mesoamerican experience over a span of five or more years. This project is to be constructed in miniature with the help of a skilled team of makers and artists handpicked by Moroni himself. Originally titled M.EX., this project will take the shape of thousands of small ceramic sculptures. The work will visually tell the history of Mesoamerican, Olmec, Mayan, Toltec, Mixtec, Aztec, Spanish Imperialism, the Republic, and contemporary Mexican culture. 

There will be a reception to the work on November 8, marking five-hundred years since Spanish colonizers met with the Aztec rulers in Tenochtitlan. The result of that meeting was the attempted erasure of Mesoamerican culture. Although the Spaniards caused the death of millions of people and the destruction of the written record, the invasion failed. Today there are many millions of people who speak in a wide variety of Mayan dialects and who celebrate their Mesoamerican roots. 

Blind Cortez Opening Reception
November 8, 12:00 p.m.—12:00 a.m.
Aldo Moroni Studio (Minneapolis)

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