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ARTES event: Picturing a New World – Cortés – Moctezuma, 1519–2019: A Special Study Afternoon and Conversation

A guest post by Anna Espinola Lynn and Clare Hills-Nova

On 23 October, 2019, ARTES, together with the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hosted a transdisciplinary session at the University’s Weston Library, focusing on Mesoamerican manuscripts. The event was designed to mark the 500th anniversary of the historic meeting between the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés (1485–1547) and the Aztec ruler Moctezuma the Younger (1466–1520), just outside Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), on 8 November 1519. Attendees included students, academics and representatives of other cultural institutions.

Attendance at this exclusive event was by invitation only. Would you like to take part in similar visits in the future? Join ARTES today!

MS. Arch. Selden. A. 72 (3). Image courtesy the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

The afternoon began in the Weston Library’s Visiting Scholars’ Centre. On view were the Selden Roll (MS. Arch. Selden. A. 72 (3)) alongside two modern books produced by Alfonso García Tellez, using the traditional, amate paper-based techniques evidenced by rare Pre-Hispanic codices and rolls.

The session began with Sir John Elliott’s essay on the Cortez-Moctezuma encounter before moving on to presentations by Giuseppe Marcocci (University of Oxford), Emily Floyd (UCL), and the Bodleian Libraries’ Head of Conservation, Virginia Lladó-Buisán. 

Giuseppe followed Sir John’s paper with a consideration of the roles vision and visual culture took on in the encounter between the Spanish visitors and the Mexica. Turning to contemporary accounts of the encounter that emphasize vision, as well as representations of the imagined or real Other, Giuseppe pointed to visual asymmetries active in colonial contexts as they participated in relations of power. 

Emily, meanwhile, provided a reading of the pre-colonial Selden Roll as it expressed the formation of a new cycle of rule in central Mexico. She discussed the multiplicity of ways the Roll can be read, and invited further conversation as to possible representations of time, succession, generation and regeneration. Regarding the name of the Selden Roll, Emily noted that this was associated  with its colonial history of collecting more than with the Roll’s actual content, commenting that ‘The Roll of New Fire’ had recently been adopted as a more appropriate title for it. 

Virginia followed up with insights into the processes and materials used in creating the Roll, drawing upon the results of recent research. Participants in this session had the unique pleasure of getting up close to the Selden Roll and asking those experts present questions about anything from shifts in hue or line quality, to contexts of production in pre-colonial and colonial environments, and on the multivalent symbolisms in the Roll. 

Following a compelling period of conversation around and about the objects, the afternoon concluded with a visit to the Weston Library’s Talking Maps exhibition, where the Codex Mendoza (Bodleian Library MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1) was on display. Here, they were able to extend the conversation regarding the authorship, readership and linguistic referents of the pre-colonial Roll of New Fire versus the colonial era’s Mendoza Codex. 

Images courtesy the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Lunchtime Talk: Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, ‘Zurbarán: A global perspective’, National Gallery, London, 4 November 2019

Monday, 4 November 2019, 1–1.45 pm, doors open at 12.30 pm, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Francisco de Zurbarán, 1598–1664, A Cup of Water and a Rose, about 1630. Oil on canvas, 21.2 x 30.1 cm. Bought for the National Gallery by the George Beaumont Group, 1997. NG6566.

The National Gallery holds one of the finest paintings collections by the Spanish 17th–century artist Francisco de Zurbarán in the world. They have also recently acquired a painting by his son, Juan. Zurbarán lived in Seville, the main European port to the Americas from which he sent over 100 paintings.

Akemi Herráez Vossbrink, The CEEH Curatorial Fellow in Spanish Paintings, discusses the history of collecting Zurbarán, including paintings in their Spanish context, collecting practices in the UK, and the circulation of his work in the Americas.

This event is free and no booking is required. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Opens Today: Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes, Art Institute of Chicago, until 23 June 2019

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Mantle (detail), 100 BC/AD 200, Paracas

Over the course of millennia, textiles were the primary form of aesthetic expression and communication for the diverse cultures that developed throughout the desert coasts and mountain highlands of the Andean region. Worn as garments, suspended on walls of temples and homes, and used in ritual settings, textiles functioned in multiple contexts, yet, within each culture, the techniques, motifs, and messages remained consistent.
This exhibition features over 60 textiles along with a small selection of ceramics from the museum’s collection that together explore the ways select Andean cultures developed distinct textile technologies and approaches to design. While emphasizing the unique aspects of each culture and highlighting Andean artistic diversity, the exhibition also invites comparisons across cultures and time periods. These objects speak to shared ideas concerning everyday life, the natural world, the supernatural realm, and the afterlife, demonstrating a unified visual language that spans the Andes region from its ancient past to modern communities.

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Conference: Las mujeres y las artes en la corte española, Madrid, 20–22 February 2019, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

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Programme

MIÉRCOLES, 20 DE FEBRERO

09:30 Registro de participantes

10:00 Inauguración. Jaime M. de los Santos. Consejero de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte. Comunidad de Madrid. Presentación.  Miguel Luque. Decano de la Facultad.

MESA I. MUJERES PROTAGONISTAS DE LAS ARTES.
MODERA FÉLIX DÍAZ MORENO (UCM)

10:30 Plautilla Bricci: cronaca di un oblio. Consuelo Lollobrigida (Univ. of Arkansas – William J. Fulbright School of Arts and Sciences)

11:00  Pintoras flamencas en los siglos XVI y XVII: las sagas familiares y el talento. Ana Diéguez-Rodríguez (Instituto Moll. Centro de investigación en pintura flamenca Univ. de Burgos)

11:30  Pausa café

12:30  Vidas y afanes de las dos impresoras novohispanas del siglo XVIII: Rosa Teresa Poveda y Manuela de la Ascensión Cerezo. Marina Garone Gravier (Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México)

13:00  Mujeres artistas en la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia. Mariángeles Pérez-Martín (Univ. de València)

13:30  Debate. Comida

MESA II. IDENTIDADES FEMENINAS, GENERADORAS DE ESPACIOS.
MODERAN CONCEPCIÓN LOPEZOSA APARICIO (UCM) Y SARA FUENTES LÁZARO (UNIV. A DISTANCIA DE MADRID)

16:00 De la casa al hogar. Aposentos femeninos en la Edad Moderna. Gloria Franco Rubio (UCM)

16:30 “Fare scena della casa”. Isabel de Farnesio y la arquitectura pintada en La Granja de San Ildefonso. Sara Fuentes Lázaro (Univ. a Distancia de Madrid)

17:00 Sociabilidad, ciudad y género en la crisis del Antiguo Régimen. Aproximaciones desde la cultura visual y material. Álvaro Molina (Univ. Nacional de Educación a Distancia)

17:30 “Mujeres en el límite”. Presencias femeninas en el Paseo del Prado de Madrid. Concepción Lopezosa Aparicio (UCM)

18:00 Debate

JUEVES, 21 DE FEBRERO

MESA III. LAS ARTES Y LA PRÁCTICA DEL PODER
MODERAN MAGDALENA DE LAPUERTA (UCM) Y MIGUEL HERMOSO CUESTA (UCM)

10:00 Il mecenatismo di Bona Sforza alla corte di Bari nella prima metà del ‘500. Mimma Pasculli (Univ. degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro. Dpto. Lettere, Lingue e Arti)

10:30 Sofonisba Anguissola y la construcción de una imagen femenina para la familia Habsburgo. Jorge Sebastián Lozano (Univ. de València)

11:00 Patrimonio y encargos artísticos de Juana Cortés, II duquesa de Alcalá. Sergio Ramiro Ramírez (UCM)

11:30 Debate

12:00 Pausa café

12:30 La perla de la Monarquía hispana: Margarita de Austria y el retrato cortesano. Magdalena de Lapuerta Montoya (UCM)

13:00  Sor Ana Dorotea de Austria y la exaltación de las mujeres fuertes. Cipriano García-Hidalgo Villena (UCM)

13:30  María Isabel de Braganza y la música. Judith Ortega Rodríguez (ICCMU-UCM)

14:00  Debate. Comida

WORKSHOP (LUGAR: SALA DE JUNTAS). CUARTOS DE MUJERES. ESPACIOS DONDE VIVIR Y TRABAJAR EN EL SIGLO XVI

16:30  Presentación a cargo de Beatriz Blasco Esquivias (UCM). Intervienen: Elena Díez Jorge (Univ. de Granada), Ana Aranda Bernal (Univ. Pablo Olavide, Sevilla), María Núñez – González (Univ. de Sevilla)

18:00  Debate

VIERNES, 22 DE FEBRERO

MESA IV. EL ARTE EN SUS MANOS.  LOS MUSEOS Y LA GESTIÓN DEL PATRIMONIO
MODERA JONATAN JAIR LÓPEZ MUÑOZ (UCM)

10:00 Las mujeres y la arqueología en Europa: de la aristocracia a las clases medias. Margarita Díaz-Andreu (ICREA y Univ. de Barcelona)

10:30 Mujeres y museos en Europa  del Este. Laura Coltofean-Arizancu (Univ. de Barcelona)

11:00 Las profesionales de museos en España, una historia envuelta en silencios. Margarita Moreno Conde (Museo Arqueológico Nacional)

11:30 Debate. Pausa café

WORKSHOP
INVESTIGACIONES PREDOCTORALES
Presentación a cargo de María Ángeles Toajas Roger (UCM)

12:00 Aproximación al estudio de las mujeres en los talleres artísticos de la Villa de Madrid (1561–1700). Alba Gómez de Zamora Sanz  (UCM)

12:20 La decoración del Cuarto de la Reina en el Alcázar Real de Madrid bajo Isabel de Borbón- Introducción y reflexiones. Audrey-Caroline Michielon (UCM / Univ. de Toulouse –  Jean Jaurès )

12:40 El estudio de la moda femenina en la corte: Cuestiones metodológicas. María Redondo Solance  (UCM)

13:00 Las mujeres y las artes en “la hora navarra del XVIII”. Sergio Rodero Jiménez (UCM)

13:20 Mujeres en las actas de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Daniel Lavín González (UCM)

13:40 Debate y conclusiones del Segundo Seminario. Comida

VISITA GUIADA: REAL MONASTERIO DE LA ENCARNACIÓN
16:30 Encuentro frente al Monasterio. Plaza de la Encarnación, 1 (28013 Madrid)

Practical information 

Location: Salón de Grados y Sala de Juntas, Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, February 20–22, 2019

Registration deadline: Feb 20, 2019

Scientific committee:
Antonio Bonet Correa, Rosario Camacho, Benito Navarrete, Mª Ángeles Pérez Samper, Javier Rivera Blanco.

Organisers:
Gloria Del Val, Sara Fuentes, Daniel Lavín, Jonatan Jair López, Sergio Ramiro, Sergio Rodero.

Supported by the Proyecto de Investigación I+D+i FEMENINO SINGULAR. Las mujeres y las artes en la Corte española de la Edad Moderna (reinas, nobles, artistas y empresarias) [HAR2015-65166-P MINECO/FEDER]

Email the organisers: lasmujeresylasartes@gmail.com

Website: https://www.ucm.es/femenino_singular/

Symposium: Khipus: Writing Histories In and From Knots, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize Symposium, Bard Graduate Center, New York, 1 February 2019

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Khipu RN9027, from the Casa del Kipu deposit at Pachacamac; courtesy of Denise Pozzi-Escot, director, Pachacamac site museum; photograph by Rommel Angeles.

There has been much concern and criticism in the West over the absence of the voices of “peoples without history” in the writing of local, regional, and global histories. This concern has been especially profound insofar as it pertains to societies that did not have in the past, or that do not have today, their own traditions of written history. The Inkas of the Pre-Columbian Andes represent a striking case study in this regard, because, while Inka administrators had the use of an exceptionally complex and highly efficient instrument for record keeping, in the knotted-string khipu (or quipu, “knot”), we have not to date been able to draw historical information from these knotted records for writing a history of the Inka Empire. Gary Urton’s recently published book, Inka History in Knots: Reading Khipus as Primary Sources (Univ. of Texas Press, 2017), lays out a methodology for approaching khipu accounts as sources for writing Annales-style histories of the Inka state—i.e., histories based on administrative data, such as censuses, tribute records, storehouse accounts, etc. This symposium brings together eight Andean scholars to discuss and debate the question of whether or not, and if so how, we might draw on knotted cord accounts from the pre-Inka Wari, the Inka empire, and those from Andean subjects of the Spanish Colonial state in order to begin to understand how Andean peoples constructed representations of their own societies. The principal challenges will be, first, to identify the structures, physical features, organizational principles, and semiotic properties of cord accounts in these different periods in the Andean past, and second, to determine how we might draw on these constructions to begin to write histories of Andean societies based on Andean sources.

Programme:

9:30 am
Peter N. Miller
Bard Graduate Center
Welcome
Gary Urton
Harvard University
Introduction

9:50 am
Gary Urton
Harvard University
Finding Time for History in the Inka Khipus

10:30 am
Jeffrey C. Splitstoser
George Washington University
The Large Wari Khipu at Dumbarton Oaks

11:10 am
Coffee Break

11:30 am
Jon Clindaniel
Harvard University
Towards an Understanding of Non-numerical Inka Khipu Semiosis: Implications for the Interpretation of Inka History Using Primary Sources

12:10 pm
Bruce Mannheim
University of Michigan
Three Commensuration Problems in Interpreting Khipus

12:50 pm
Lunch Break

2 pm
Terence N. D’Altroy
Columbia University
The Dynamic Formation of Imperial Knowledge

2:40 pm
Sabine Hyland
University of St Andrews
“These Are Our Khipus!” The Ritual Khipu Boards of Casta, Peru

3:20 pm
Coffee Break

3:40 pm
José Carlos de la Puente Luna
Texas State University
Khipus as Legal Archives: Tribute, Justice, and Controlled Translation in Early Colonial Peru

4:20 pm
Frank Salomon
University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Long Afterlives of Central-Peruvian Khipu Patrimonies

5 pm
Panel Discussion

5:40 pm
Reception

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What’s your favourite book of 2018? The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize, deadline 1 March 2019

Horowitz_2018Bard Graduate Center welcomes submissions for the 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize, awarded annually to the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas. The prize will reward scholarly excellence and commitment to cross-disciplinary conversation. Eligible titles include monographs, exhibition catalogues, and collections of essays in any language, published in print or in digital format. The winning author(s) or editor(s) will be chosen by a committee of Bard Graduate Center faculty and will be honored with a symposium on the subject of the book. Submissions must have a 2018 publication date.

Three copies of each print title should be sent to the below address along with an entry submission form. For digital publications, please email a copy of the form along with a link to the publication and a PDF of the publication to horowitz.prize@bgc.bard.edu.

Horowitz Book Prize Committee
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. There is no limit to the number of submissions, but please note we are unable to return items submitted for review. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Shipping is the responsibility of the applicant and we are not able to confirm receipt of submissions. The winning title will be announced in later summer 2019.

For questions, contact Laura Minsky, Assistant Director for Research Programs, at horowitz.prize@bgc.bard.edu.

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Clark Fellowships: CENTER FOR SPAIN IN AMERICA FELLOWSHIP, The Clark, deadline October 15, 2018

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The Clark Art Institute combines a public art museum with a complex of research and academic programs, including a major art history library. The Clark is an international center for discussion on the nature of art and its history.

Fellowships are awarded every year to established and promising scholars with the aim of fostering a critical commitment to inquiry in the theory, history, and interpretation of art and visual culture. In addition to providing an opportunity for sustained research for fellows, outside of their usual professional obligations, the Clark encourages them to participate in a variety of collaborative and public discussions on diverse art historical topics as well as on larger questions and motivations that shape the practice of art history.

Sponsored by the Center for Spain in America, this one-semester fellowship is intended to support the study of all aspects of Spanish art from the early medieval period to the beginning of the twentieth century, as well as the worldwide impact of Spanish art and artists. In addition to research for a publication and/or exhibition on specific artists or periods, we welcome projects examining collecting and connoisseurship of Spanish art—particularly in the Americas—and the influence and importance of Spanish art and its reception throughout the world.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

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