The arrival of Spaniards and the meeting of Doña Marina and Hernán Cortés (detail), drawn by Nahua artists, 1579. From Diego Durán, Historia de las Indias de Nueva España e islas de la tierra firme, fol. 202. Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España

1519, the Arrival of Strangers: Indigenous Art and Voices following the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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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.

Day 1: October 3, 2019, at Getty Center
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Day 2: October 4, 2019, at Getty Center
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Day 3: October 5, 2019, at California State University, Los Angeles
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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. The three-day symposium highlights the great cultural, historical, and artistic achievements of indigenous peoples of New Spain.

This event is in homage to the renowned Mexican scholar Miguel León-Portilla. It is organized by California State University, Los Angeles, the Art History Society of Cal State LA, and the Getty Research Institute and is made possible in part with the generous support of the Seaver Institute.

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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

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