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Neo Aztec Calendar

Detail of 2011 Neo Aztec calendar by Ricardo Cid
Ricardo Cid
While contemplating a World Cup soccer calendar last year, Mexican artist and designer Ricardo Cid was reminded of the ancient Aztec calendar in the shape of a circle. Cid had an epiphany: Why not create a new calendar form that is a mash-up of different ways of tracking the year? The result is his 2011 “Neo Aztec” calendar. It folds the linear Gregorian year we follow today into the circular format of the Mayan year adapted by the Aztecs. Cid’s diagram represents one earth year. Each numbered square equals one day and each color group one month, with dotted lines indicating a change in months. Mondays are outlined with black circles, demarcating the Gregorian week (and other colored dots reflect car-coding for congestion control in Mexico City), while black-filled circles with letters from A to S show the first day of each Mayan month (the Mayan “Mexica” New Year is on March 12). Ricardo Cid's New Aztec Calendar.
Detail of Ricardo Cid's Neo Aztec calendar. [Click to view the full 2011 calendar.]
Every grouping of blue, yellow, and green days adds up to a trimester, and the beginning of each season (winter, spring, summer, fall) is marked with a black square in each of the equinoxes (March 20, September 23) and solstices (June 21, December 22). As a whole the diagram evokes a molecular structure or—for fans of ‘80s video games—the tessellated screen of Q*bert. As you start hopping through 2011, be sure to note the dotted detour that loops back to capture an extra square for Leap Year. Got it.
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Two Routes to Poster Art

Well, this is embarrassing: the MoMA and the Yale Center for British Art have nearly simultaneously come out with exhibitions on the same subject. In museum-world, isn't that like two girls showing up to a party in the same dress? Nevertheless, it’s an interesting enough topic that the repetition hardly matters. The Yale Center's "Art For All: British Posters For Transport," on view through August 15, and the MoMA's "Underground Gallery: London Transport Posters 1920s-1940s," on view through February 28, 2011, both offer a fascinating look at London’s innovative campaign to bring art into the Underground and create a strong civic identity. The two exhibits' slightly different focuses also help reduce the redundancy. The larger Yale exhibit features over 100 posters, really giving a sense of the diversity of artistic schools represented in the Underground campaign, ranging from Cubism, to post-impressionism, to Japanese woodblock prints. The MoMA show is a smaller installation, with only 20 posters, but the curators have chosen carefully to capture the zeitgeist of the city of London during those years -- its culture, its entertainment, and its fears of war.