Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

2018 Lozano Long Conference: "Create, Consume, Collect: The Lives of Colonial Latin American Artifacts"

Fri, February 23, 2018 | Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd Floor Conference Room and Gallery

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The 2018 Lozano Long Conference, "Create, Consume, Collect: The Lives of Colonial Latin American Artifacts,” closes with a morning of panels followed by the opening of “Ink and Memory: A Documentary History of People and Things from the Spanish Americas,” an exhibition of rare materials from the Benson Latin American Collection. The closing keynote is titled “Things Artists Did in Spanish America: Artistic Activity on the Margins,” and will be presented by Luisa Elena Alcalá, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

About the Conference

In the aftermath of the Spanish conquest of the “New World” in the early sixteenth century, complex cultural negotiations developed among the indigenous populations living in the area and the Spaniards they encountered. Artifacts of all kinds, produced during three centuries of colonial domination, are silent but powerful witnesses to such negotiations and exchanges, embracing in their materiality the social relationships that allowed for their existence.

How does the analysis of material culture inform our understanding of social interactions? How do we understand the relationships that people from different backgrounds have with Spanish American artifacts today when they are perceived as “cultural heritage”? What are the ethical components of studying, preserving, collecting, and exhibiting material culture of the period? Why does the colonial past matter, and how could it help us shape the future?

The 2018 Lozano Long Conference, “Create, Consume, Collect: The Lives of Colonial Latin American ARTifacts,” will provide a forum to reflect on these questions.

Learn more about the conference, and view the program of panels, at Lozano Long 2018.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paloma Díaz. To RSVP and receive event updates on Facebook, visit Create, Consume, Collect.


Cosponsored by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and the Blanton Museum of Art

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