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Altera Roma: Art and Empire from the Aztecs to New Spain

by shauna — last modified April 29, 2010 01:03 PM
What Conference
When May 01, 2010
from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Where Getty Villa, Auditorium
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From the Getty Center website:

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire on view at the Getty Villa from March 24 to July 5, 2010, this symposium considers one of history's most momentous confrontations, an encounter between two cultures, European and Mesoamerican, and two empires, Spanish and Aztec. In unexpected yet significant ways, this conflict was also a meeting ground between Mexico and the ancient Mediterranean. 

Distinguished international scholars examine the contexts in which classicism mediated a dialogue between Mesoamerica and Europe in the 1500s–1700s, when parallels were routinely drawn between the Old World past and the pre-Hispanic cultures of the New World. Speakers will address cross-cultural analogies in the early modern period, as well as current comparative approaches to the archaeology of empire. Topics include the Florentine Codex; the notion of parallel pantheons and classical paradigms for Aztec culture; the representation of Aztec life in postconquest Mexico and Europe; and monumental art as an imperial strategy.

Time: 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on Friday with reception to follow, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Saturday

Registration fee: $15/day, $10/day for students. Includes parking, coffee/tea service, and reception on Friday evening. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Elizabeth Hill Boone, Tulane University, New Orleans
  • Thomas B.F. Cummins, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Guilhem Olivier Durand, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City
  • Jonathan Edmondson, York University, Toronto
  • Eulogio Guzmán, Tufts University, Boston
  • Cecelia F. Klein, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Andrew Laird, University of Warwick, England
  • Leonardo López Luján, Museo del Templo Mayor/INAH, Mexico City
  • David Lupher, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma
  • Anthony Pagden, University of California, Los Angeles
  • John Pohl, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Alessandra Russo, Columbia University, New York City
  • Walter Scheidel, Stanford University, California
  • Emily Umberger, Arizona State University, Tempe

This symposium is presented in association with the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is made possible by the generous support of Chase.


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