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

Lozano Long Conference: The Secret Lives of Colonial Latin American Artifacts

Mon, February 12, 2018
Lozano Long Conference: The Secret Lives of Colonial Latin American Artifacts
Nativity with Musical Angels, Carl & Marilynn Thoma Collection

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections presents Create, Consume, Collect: The Lives of Colonial Latin American Artifacts, the 2018 edition of the annual Lozano Long Conference, presented in collaboration with the Blanton Museum of Art. The three-day event includes an opening concert and Blanton gallery tour, two days of panels, an exhibition of rare materials at the Benson Latin American Collection, and opening and closing keynote speakers. All events are free and open to the public.

This year’s theme has been inspired by the recent long-term loan of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Collection of Andean colonial art to the Blanton. The opening reception on Wednesday, February 21, features a performance by the Austin Baroque Orchestra in the Blanton's Rapoport Atrium followed by a gallery tour of “People and Things” in the Spanish American Galleries at the Blanton. Keynotes will be presented by during the conference by Thomas B.G. Cummins and Luisa Elena Alcalá (see program).

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. 

The conference will provide a forum to reflect on the following questions: 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? 

Scholars from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Venezuela and the United States address the above questions and more via art historical interpretation, anthropological inquiry, and conservation analysis, reflecting on the meanings and original contexts of the manufacture of artifacts such as books, textiles, furniture, paintings, pottery, and buildings. 

The annual Lozano Long Conference is organized by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. Co-sponsors in 2018 are Blanton Museum of Art, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Liberal Arts.

When and Where

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 • 5–7:30 PM
Blanton Museum of Art, Rapoport Atrium
Thursday, Feb. 22 • 9 AM–5 PM
Blanton Museum, Smith Building, Capitol Room
Friday, Feb. 23 • 9 AM–2:15 PM
Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor, SRH 1
For details on events, locations, speakers, panels, and more, visit Lozano Long 2018.
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