Octavio Paz (1914-1998) was born in Mexico City, and his extraordinarily busy and fruitful life took him from civil-war Spain to surrealist Paris, from US universities to the Mexican embassy in New Delhi, where he served for six years as ambassador before resigning in protest after his government’s suppression of student demonstrations at the 1968 Olympic Games. A great poet, Paz was also the author of many essays and a study of Mexican identity, The Labyrinth of Solitude, as well as the founder and editor of two important journals, Plural and Vuelta. Octavio Paz received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.


The Power of Ancient Mexican Art

On August 13, 1790, during excavation work by the municipal authorities, the workers were digging up the Central Square in Mexico City when they discovered a colossal statue. It was unearthed and turned out to be a sculpture of the goddess Coatlicue, the “Lady of the Serpent Skirt.” Viceroy Revillagigedo …

Food of the Gods

The Blood of Kings: A New Interpretation of Maya Art 17–August 24, 1986), and the Cleveland Museum of Art (October 8–December 14, 1986)

An exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (May

The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art Worth)

by Linda Schele and Mary Ellen Miller
Our vision of the Maya world has been transformed by recent iconographic and epigraphic studies—a string of discoveries that has culminated in an extraordinary exhibition of Maya dynastic and ritual art, organized by Linda Schele and Mary Ellen Miller under the auspices of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

The Shame of the Olympics

Note: Octavio Paz, the distinguished Mexican poet, resigned his post as Ambassador to India after the recent uprisings in Mexico City. Following are a letter he wrote to the Mexican officials in charge of the “cultural program” of the 1968 Olympics and a poem that accompanied it. Señores Coordinadores del …