This year saw two blockbuster exhibitions on pre-Colombian Mexican art come to the Valley. The Phoenix Art Museum wowed with its "Teotihuacan: City of Fire, City of Water," showing off ancient artifacts recently uncovered at the famed Mesoamerican city. Yet it was the smaller "Josef Albers in Mexico" show imported by the Heard Museum from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York that really impressed us. The exhibition delves into the Bauhaus artist's travels through the same Mesoamerican ruins plumbed by "Teotihuacan." But by displaying the painter's simple, colorful modernist paintings alongside photos and sketches, it shows how the works of these ancient societies still resonate, inspiring artists across time and space.