Modern interior showing Olmec-style mask, Los Angeles, ca. 1960s, photographer unknown. Getty Research Institute, Stendahl Art Galleries records, 2017.M.38

Collecting Mesoamerican Art, 1940–1968: Forging a Market in the United States and Mexico


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This program will be offered in English and Spanish.
Este programa será ofrecido en inglés y español.

The second international symposium of the Getty Research Institute's Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative focuses on collecting practices in Mexico and the United States, when Hollywood luminaries and international collectors developed a taste for ancient Mexican art. By the 1960s, the pre-Hispanic past underpinned Mexican national identity, gained new audiences in international museums, and played a formal role in the history of art.

El segundo simposio internacional de la Iniciativa sobre la procedencia del arte prehispánico (PHAPI) del Getty Research Institute se centra en las prácticas del coleccionismo en México y de los Estados Unidos, cuando las luminarias de Hollywood y los coleccionistas internacionales desarrollaron un gusto por el arte mexicano antiguo. Para la década de 1960, el pasado prehispánico era parte integral de la identidad nacional mexicana, ganó nuevas audiencias en museos internacionales y jugó un papel formal en la historia del arte.


Christopher S. Beekman, University of Colorado, Denver
Ramon Folch, Arizona State University
Ángel González López, North Carolina Museum of Art
Ellen Hoobler, Walters Art Museum
Jesse Lerner, Pitzer College
Mary Miller, Getty Research Institute
Megan O'Neil, Emory University
Payton Phillips Quintanilla, Getty Research Institute
Joanne Pillsbury, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Matthew H. Robb, Fowler Museum at UCLA
Sandra Rozental, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
Antonio Saborit García Peña, Museo Nacional de Antropología
Adam T. Sellen, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mérida
Andrew D. Turner, Getty Research Institute

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The Pre-Hispanic Art Provenance Initiative documents and analyzes the commodification and mobilization of pre-Hispanic art and material culture by the international art market between the mid-19th and late-20th centuries.

This program is part of the GRI's Untold Stories series, which celebrates the "untold stories" of visual culture, exploring how new works, people, and interpretations can shed new light on our understanding of and appreciation for the history of art.

The conversation will be available on the Getty Research Institute YouTube channel following the event.

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