Education

  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • A.A., Pasadena City College

Biography

Darren Longman (he/him) completed his associate’s degree in Humanities from Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, his bachelor’s degree in Art History/Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and master’s degree in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. His research centers on interdisciplinary approaches to Mesoamerican studies—including art historical, anthropological and philosophical methodologies. Longman has presented papers for several conferences/symposia and, more recently, co-authored a chapter for a forthcoming volume on Mesoamerican serpent beings.

Longman also worked as an educator for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California, and for the Family and Community Programs department at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, where he developed lessons for a wide range of ancient, modern and contemporary exhibitions. Additionally, he volunteered as the Graduate Coordinator for Community Outreach and Education for the Mesoamerica Center at UT Austin.

Publications and Presentations

Book Chapter

Longman, Darren S., John M.D. Pohl, Danny Zborover, and Veronica Pacheco (forthcoming). “Serpents of the Mixteca Alta, Pacific Coast, and Isthmus of Tehuantepec: Ritualized Environments and Territorial Narratives in Oaxaca, Mexico.” In Tales of the Feathered Serpent: Refining Our Understanding of an Enigmatic Mesoamerican Being, edited by Cynthia Kristan-Graham and Jeremy Coltman. University Press of Colorado.

Conference/Symposium Presentations

2019:“Feathered Serpents of the Oaxacan Isthmus and Pacific Coast, Mexico: Hybridity, Ritualized Environments, and Territorial-Narratives.” A paper draft submitted to the conference “Tales of the Feathered Serpent: Refining Our Understanding of an Enigmatic Mesoamerican Being,” organized by Cynthia Kristan-Graham and Jeremy Coltman. Presented at the 84th Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM (April).

2019:“Pre-Columbian Hallucinogenic Practices in Popular Culture: Misconception, Conflation, and Appropriation.” Presentation for “Aliens, Atlantis, and Aryanism: ‘Fake News’ in Archaeology and Heritage,” organized by UT Antiquities Action (March).

2018:“Feathered Serpents of the Oaxacan Isthmus and Pacific Coast, Mexico.” Presented at the “Tertullia Series,” The Mesoamerica Center, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin (November).

2018:“Crocodiles, Serpents, and a Wedding: Ritualized Political Landscapes of the Oaxacan Pacific Coast, Mexico.” A paper draft submitted to the electronic symposium “From Ch’een to Wak’a: Hemispherical Views of the Ceremonial Landscapes of the Pre-Hispanic Americas,” organized by Jon Spenard and Jonathan Dubois. Co-authored with Danny Zborover, Veronica Pacheco, and John M.D. Pohl. Presented at the Society for American Archaeology 83rd Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (April).

2018:“Lusus Naturae in Pre-Columbian Art & Ritual.” Presented at the Chapman University Art History Symposium (April).
Exhibitions

2019:Co-curator, Contemporary Brazilian Art, Fieldwork Gallery, Visual Arts Center, Center for Latin America Visual Studies (CLAVIS), University of Texas at Austin.
Curatorial practicum and research for Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil, an exhibition co-organized by Adele Nelsen and MacKenzie Stevens scheduled for Fall 2022.

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