Black and Indigenous Artists in Colonial Peru

a wide, horizontal hand drawn map of the Ucayali River in Peru, circa 1810-12.

Viceregal Peru, Map of the Ucayali River, Peru, 1808-1812. Ink and color on paper, 58 x 158 cm. The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY. K60. Photo © The Hispanic Society of America, New York.   

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Black and Indigenous Artists in Colonial Peru

Thursday, September 8, 7 PM
Black and Indigenous Artists in Colonial Peru

Join AGO Assistant Curator of European Art Adam Harris Levine in conversation with Professor Ximena Gómez about the lives and identities of Black and Indigenous artists in colonial Peru. They will examine and highlight objects from the AGO exhibition, Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire and consider the incomplete histories of Peruvian art and its artists under Spanish colonisation.

Ximena A. Gómez is Assistant Professor of American Art at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she specializes in the art and visual culture of colonial Latin America and that of the early modern transatlantic world more broadly. The focus of her research is on the roles black and indigenous people played in artistic and religious expression in colonial Lima. Her work contends with the absence of black and indigenous people in art historical narratives using extensive archival evidence and purposefully centres subaltern epistemologies by considering the visual culture of the Andes and West Africa in analyses of imported European artworks.

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