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Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World

A major international three-day symposium, December 2–4, 2011, in conjunction with the upcoming special exhibition Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World (on view November 6, 2011-January 29, 2012). Participants will include scholars from Mexico, Peru, Europe, and the United States

Friday, December 02, 2011
7:00 PM
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90036

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World examines the significance of indigenous peoples within the artistic landscape of colonial Latin America. The exhibition, the first of its kind, offers a comparative view of the two principal viceroyalties of Spanish America—Mexico and Peru—from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It addresses the continuation of pre-conquest forms and styles after the conquest, and the multiple contexts in which indigenous peoples were represented in the colonial period.

Through a selection of approximately 200 works (paintings, sculptures, codices, manuscripts, textiles, keros, featherworks, and more), Contested Visions explores how the production of art after the conquest resulted from a complex social and artistic dynamic. The exhibition reveals that under colonial rule, Amerindians were not a passive or homogenous group but instead commissioned art for their communities and promoted specific images of themselves as a polity. By taking into consideration the pre-Columbian (Inca and Aztec) origins of these two vast geopolitical regions and their continuities and ruptures over time, Contested Visions offers an arresting perspective on how art and power intersected in the Spanish colonial world.

December 2 |  7:00pm    LACMA Bing Theater

December 3 |  8:45am    UCLA Fowler Museum

December 4 |  8:45am    LACMA Bing Theater

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Charlene Villaseñor-Black

Download file: CVSymposiumSchedule-LACMA_UCLA-pd-skf.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Art History, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Herb Alpert School of Music, Center for the Study of Religion, UCLA Office of the Dean of Humanities; Los Amigos del Arte Popular; Arvey Foundation; Kathleen Barrutia; Ron Belkin; Christie's; Roberta Huber; Teresa Iturralde; Jan Mayer; Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities; Connie Spenuzza

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