Black and Indigenous Art Histories in Colonial Mexico

image of a Mexican tray (batea) from 1650. The tray is a circle with a black background and small illustrations of animals, trees, fountain in yellows, whites, reds, and greens

Unknown. Tray (Batea), ca. 1650. Mexican lacquer on wood, H 8 cm x Diameter 56.5 cm. The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY. LS1808. Photo © The Hispanic Society of America, New York.

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Black and Indigenous Art Histories in Colonial Mexico

Tuesday, September 27, 4 pm
Black and Indigenous Art Histories in Colonial Mexico

Join Assistant Curator of European Art Adam Harris Levine in conversation with Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black about the lives, identities and traditions of Black and Indigenous artists in colonial Mexico. They will examine and highlight objects from the AGO exhibition, Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire and consider the rise of local saints, like the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the invention of new artistic forms through creative dialogue across the Pacific Ocean.

Please note that this discussion contains discussion and images of racialized and sexual violence

Charlene Villaseñor Black is Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and founding editor-in-chief of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (UC Press). Her research focuses on the art of the early modern Ibero-American world as well as contemporary Chicanx visual culture. Her upbringing as a working class, Catholic Chicana/o from Arizona forged her identity as a border-crossing early modernist and inspirational teacher.

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