11. Mexican Manuscripts at Rockefeller Center

Duran Codex, The founding of Tenochtitlan from The History of the Indies of New Spain. Courtesy of Fray Diego Duran in The History of the Indies of New Spain (circa 1581).

At Rockefeller Center, the Consulate of Mexico, through its Cultural Institute and National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, will present Mexican Manuscripts. The exhibit will include colorful works of art featuring Mayan, Aztec, and other pre-Columbian civilizations’ scripts, symbols, and characters. In celebration of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence and the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan, Mexican Manuscripts consists of a selection of facsimiles and images of codices.

Featured items in the exhibit include the Bourbon Codex, an Aztec book written by Aztec priests around the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and the Florentine Codex, a 16th-century ethnographic research study. Mexican Manuscripts will be on display through November 2, 2021.