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1519, the Arrival of Strangers: Indigenous Art and Voices

following the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica

A Symposium in Homage to Miguel León-Portilla

October 3–4, 2019, 10AM - 5:30PM Getty Center
October 5, 2019, 10AM - 5:30PM Cal State Los Angeles

Duran - Cortes and Marina

The arrival of Spaniards and the meeting of Doña Marina and Hernán Cortés (detail), Diego Durán and Nahua artists, 1579. 

From Historia de las Indias de Nueva España e islas de la tierra firme, fol. 202. Biblioteca Nacional de España



This year's quincentennial of Hernán Cortés's arrival in Mesoamerica provides an impetus to explore perspectives on the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the subsequent transcultural processes that played out in New Spain's artistic production. This three-day symposium highlights the great cultural, historical, and artistic achievements of indigenous peoples of New Spain. 

This event is organized by California State University, Los Angeles, the Art History Society of CSULA, and the Getty Research Institute and is made possible in part with the generous support of the Seaver Institute.

This is a three-day symposium, taking place at the Getty Center and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Separate reservations are required for each day.
Free | Advance ticket required
Day 1: October 3, 2019, at Getty Center
Day 2: October 4, 2019, at Getty Center
Day 3: October 5, 2019, at California State University, Los Angeles



Angélica Afanador-Pujol, Arizona State University
Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, California State University, Los Angeles
Berenice Alcántara Rojas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Baltazar Brito Guadarrama, Biblioteca Nacional de Antropología e Historia 
Yve Chavez, University of California, Santa Cruz
Eduardo de la Cruz Cruz, Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas and Uniwersytet Warszawski
Kristopher Driggers, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
Rebecca Dufendach, Getty Research Institute
Jeanette Favrot Peterson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Joshua Fitzgerald, Getty Research Institute
Xóchitl M. Flores-Marcial, California State University, Northridge
León García Garagarza, Getty Research Institute
Patrick Johansson, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 
Cecelia F. Klein, University of California, Los Angeles
Diana Magaloni Kerpel, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Óscar Mazín Gómez, Colegio de México 
Mary Miller, Getty Research Institute
Barbara Mundy, Fordham University  
Federico Navarrete, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
John Pohl, California State University, Los Angeles
Kim Richter, Getty Research Institute 
Alessandra Russo, Columbia University 
Amara Solari, Pennsylvania State University
Lisa Sousa, Occidental College
Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los Angeles
Linda Williams, University of Puget Sound

Art History Society, symposium poster 2019

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