Encounters, Utopias, and Experimentation: From Pre-Columbian Tenochtitlan to Contemporary Buenos Aires (Day 1)


Museum Lecture Hall

This three-day international symposium addresses the distinct conditions that led to artistic achievements, urban transformations, and cultural and social innovations in the ancient Americas and in Latin America across the centuries. Day one addresses the pre-Columbian Americas, with speakers highlighting the meaning and exchange of precious materials used for ritual and adornment. 

Clockwise from upper left: Serpent Labret with Articulated Tongue (detail), 1300–1521, Aztec culture. Gold. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, 2015 Benefit Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2016 (2016.64). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Natalia Ariñez, 23 Years Old, Architecture Student (detail), 1999, from the series The Sons and Daughters, Tucumán, Twenty Years Later. Julio Pantoja (Argentine, born 1961). Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Julio Pantoja; Objeto ativo (cubo vermelho/branco), Active Object (red/white cube), 1962. Willys de Castro (Brazilian, 1926–1988). Oil on canvas and plywood. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, promised gift to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Tomás Orinoco Griffin-Cisneros. Image courtesy Walter de Castro; The City of the Future: Hundred Story City in Neo-American Style (detail), 1929. Francisco Mujica (Mexican, 1899–1979). From Francisco Mujica, History of the Skyscraper (Paris: Archaeology & Architecture Press, 1929), pl. 134. The Getty Research Institute, 88-B34645

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