I International Symposium on Colonial Latin American Art

Event Start Date: November 03, 2017 8:00 AM
Event End Date: November 04, 2017 5:00 PM


Splendor, Spectacle, Self-Fashioning: Questioning the Role of Display in Colonial Latin American Visual Culture

I International Symposium on Colonial Latin American Art

School of Art and Art History, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
November 3-4, 2017

Sculptures, paintings, prints, retables, furniture, textiles, silverwork and other manifestations of Latin American colonial visual culture often coexisted within church interiors, civic spaces, and homes to create a large collection and decorative program of display. These decorative programs even at times traversed entire cities through extensive urban architectural programs. This symposium seeks to critically address how images were displayed in their original contexts, how multiple images coexisted and worked together, and how this shapes our understanding of the object as it was commissioned and viewed during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries in different areas of colonial Latin America.

Through a series of presentations and a concluding roundtable discussion among the presenters and Clara Bargellini, it is our combined goal to invite emerging scholars of Latin American Colonial art to present on the theme of display and offer a constructive forum in which to receive feedback on their work; open a dialogue on the diverse issues of display in the colonial context; as well as provide the opportunity to build a network of colleagues in the field for future collaboration. We also offer an online publication opportunity in which the presentations will be turned into articles in association with the symposium. Finally, this symposium will bring together the community of students and scholars at the University of Florida who work in and study Latin America in an effort both to open a dialogue on campus about art in Latin America and maximize the visibility of the department of Art History at the University of Florida which constitutes a specialized school devoted to the study of Latin American Art.

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