The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói—MAC) in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2011. Photo: Celso Diniz/Alamy Stock Photo

The Birth of the Museum in Latin America


Museum Lecture Hall

This is a two-day symposium. Separate reservations are required for each day. Make a reservation for the second day of this symposium (May 12)

This symposium explores the histories of the foundation and subsequent development of art, archaeology, and ethnography museums across Latin America. In some countries, governments established national museums following their independence from Spain in an effort to define a new national identity; in other instances, museums arose primarily from private collections. This event foregrounds the important scholarly contributions from Latin America to the history of museums.

This program is organized by the Getty Research Institute in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and the Getty's four PST: LA/LA exhibitions opening at the Getty Center on September 16, 2017.

Agustín Arteaga, Dallas Museum of Art
Amy Buono, University of California, Santa Barbara
Rafael Cardoso, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro
C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College
Francisco Corrales-Ulloa, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Getty Research Institute
Miguel Ángel Fernández, Independent Scholar
Michele Greet, George Mason University
Orlando Hernández Ying, Instituto Nacional de Cultura de Panamá
Viola König, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin
Aleca Le Blanc, University of California, Riverside
Megan O’Neil, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Irina Podgorny, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires
Kim Richter, Getty Research Institute
Matthew Robb, Fowler Museum at UCLA
Adam Sellen, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Merida
Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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