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Aztec Calendars Under A New Sun

In 1999, Pilsen set 20 bronze medallions in a 5-block stretch of sidewalk. The medallions are replicas of the monumental Aztec sculpture known as the Calendar Stone or Piedra del Sol, but how much do you know of this indigenous symbol? Attendees of the public program “Zona Abierta Politics of Space: The Aztec Calendar Stone in Pilsen” on Tuesday, March 28 had a short glimpse to the history behind the stone, which brought many questions of Mexican identity and space within Pilsen. Delia Cosentino, an Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at DePaul University, lead the discussion around the embraced symbol deconstructing what we knew of Mexico’s indigenous history.