In the decades following the Spanish conquest of Mexico (1519-1521), many pre-Columbian stone sculptures in the immediate vicinity of Mexico-Tenochtitlan were unmoored from their specific contexts, subjected to physical manipulations, and endowed with new functions. With the surviving evidence for reuse plentiful and diverse, this lecture by Sara Ryu will examine the afterlives of specific Mexica sculptures in the viceregal capital, and develop a sense of their distinct rhetorical strategies.
Ranging from column bases of the first Metropolitan Cathedral to baptismal fonts within indigenous barrio churches, the material presented will demonstrate how colonial Mexico City was a primary and potent site for alternative histories of the image after iconoclasm.
Sara Ryu earned a Ph.D. in the History of Art with Distinction from Yale University in 2015; she is currently the Collections Cataloguer at the Saint Louis Art Museum and an Honorary Scholar in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. With a scholarly interest in art, mobility, and cross-cultural exchange in the early modern period, her research ranges from topics such as artistic media and the historical imagination to early archaeology in Europe and the Americas.
Free for Alianza members and students with current ID, $5 DAM members, $10 others.
Sponsored by Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.
Photo by Sara Ryu.