PhD Student, Art History, University of California Los Angeles
Anthony J. Meyer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specializes in the study of indigenous arts. Originally from the Carolinas, Meyer received a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Before arriving to UCLA, he worked at El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of Modern Art, and taught English in Madrid, Spain.
While at UCLA, Meyer has both interned and worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, researching the Muñoz-Kramer collection of Northwest Andean objects and assisting an international exhibition titled Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Arts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Apart from Making Worlds, Meyer has participated actively in two other international collaborative research projects. The first, Early Modern Conversions, investigates the role of religious conversion in the Early Modern world and is co-directed by Paul Yachnin and Marie-Claude Felton at McGill University. Meyer has also assisted with the École de Printemps, managing the website for the International Consortium on Art History, which fosters collaboration across European and North American universities. In addition to these international projects, Meyer has conducted fieldwork in Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany.
His current research explores Nahua artistic and architectural production over the course of the Mexica empire (A.D. 1325 - 1521) and early colonial New Spain, as well as the wider Euro-Atlantic. He investigates the art, architecture, and performances of Nahua religious leaders, or tlamacazque, in the Valley of Mexico. For his research, he has received grants from the Fundación AMA in Chile, the Society for Architectural Historians, and the U.S. Department of Education. His other research interests include relationships between indigenous languages and art across the Americas, spatial and bodily experiences, cultural and global exchange, and the materiality of religions.