Event: 'Contested Visions In The Spanish Colonial World' Print
FOMA Exhibitions.
Date: Sunday, November 06, 2011 At 08:00 AM
Contact Info:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90036 323 857-6000

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World examines the significance of indigenous peoples within the artistic landscape of colonial Latin America. The exhibition, the first of its kind, offers a comparative view of the two principal viceroyalties of Spanish America—Mexico and Peru—from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It addresses the continuation of pre-conquest forms and styles after the conquest, and the multiple contexts in which indigenous peoples were represented in the colonial period.

Through a selection of approximately 200 works (paintings, sculptures, codices, manuscripts, textiles, keros, featherworks, and more), Contested Visions explores how the production of art after the conquest resulted from a complex social and artistic dynamic. The exhibition reveals that under colonial rule, Amerindians were not a passive or homogenous group but instead commissioned art for their communities and promoted specific images of themselves as a polity. By taking into consideration the pre-Columbian (Inca and Aztec) origins of these two vast geopolitical regions and their continuities and ruptures over time, Contested Visions offers an arresting perspective on how art and power intersected in the Spanish colonial world.


November 6, 2011–January 29, 2012
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LACMA at the Resnick Pavilion
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 857-6000